"Don't Say Gay" Bill Still Alive

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Representative Stacey Campfield's (R-Knoxville) bill banning discussion of homosexuality in schools was killed in 2008, after a motion was approved to send the bill to the state board of education. But despite opposition, Campfield's bill is back.

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On Wednesday, March 17th, the "Don't Say Gay" bill (read all about it in my Memphis Flyer story) is back before the Tennessee House K-12 subcommittee. The bill would prevent teachers from giving out "any instruction or materials discussing sexual orientation other than heterosexuality" in elementary and middle schools. According to Campfield's blog, he's recorded an episode of Showtime's "Penn & Teller" discussing the bill.

The Tennessee Education Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the state Department of Education have spoken out against the bill.

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