The “Don’t Say Gay” bill has advanced in Tennessee; thanks to Republican state Sen. Stacey Campfield. It seems that Campfield has been trying for years to push legislation that would make it illegal for educators to discuss any sexual behavior apart from heterosexuality. He is getting very close to becoming successful in his six-year crusade, thanks to a Republican-run Senate Education Committee in Tennessee.
Nicknamed as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, all teachers in the stateÂ would be prohibited from even broaching the topic of homosexuality to a student before they hit ninth grade. This means that students wouldn’t be able to ask questions, the teachers wouldn’t be able to explain what it is, and students could potentially fall through the cracks in yet another government generated fashion.
So what does this all mean? It means that if a child thinks that he or she might be gay, they aren’t allowed to broach the subject with their teachers. This was a bill that was opposed by Democrats in the state Education Committee, but it passed due to the overwhelming Republican support. Now it will be brought to the Tennessee State Senate floor for an official vote. It shows just how close this legislation is to making illegal for teachers to allow students to think for themselves.
This whole direction of legislation reeks of silencing people with differing views or sexual orientation. It’s quite sad that in the 21st century people still have to deal with this type of discrimination, and it is even clearer that Tennessee representatives simply don’t care.
What’s next? An online commenter named StevenvetS on Huffington Post aired what he thought would be next: “By law, Tennessee teachers can mention Christmas in Kindergarten, but Hanukkah will have to wait for 9th grade.” It makes about as much sense as the current legislation in front of the Tennessee State Senate.
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