Does the Neutered Version of Campfield’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Actually Liberalize Sex Education?
Key Democrats in the state Senate maintain that, as rewritten in the Senate version that passed Friday, it does just that, repealing old prohibitions.
May 21, 2011 at 8:44AM
Has legislative outlier Stacey Campfield, whose success rate in getting his bills passed is one of the lowest ever, finally broken through — but in a way contrary to what the state Senator from Knoxville intended? Take the history of Campfield’s pet bill for the legislative session destined to end this weekend: SB 049, notorious throughout the Western world as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill — which would, in the language of itrs original caption, “prohibit…the teaching of or furnishing of materials on human sexuality other than heterosexuality in public schools grades K-8.”
For a legislator who, as a House member, offered such bills as one requiring the issuing of official death certificates in the case of abortions, “Don’t Say Gay” was arguably subdued.