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“Don’t Say Gay” Bill Passes Tennessee House Committee

Tennesse’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill has cleared a hurdle, narrowly passing through the state’s House Education Committee with a 8-7 vote. The bill passed in the Senate last year (and a subcommittee earlier this year), and now will head to the Republican-dominated House.

Republican gov. Bill Haslam has said he wishes the bill would just go away, but that he has no power to veto it because it only needs a simple majority to pass.

The state already bans sex education in K-8 grades, but TN Republicans don’t think that’s quite enough—they want to make it absolutely clear that mentioning alternative lifestyles to youngsters is a no-no-no.

Reports The Tennessean:

Bill sponsor Rep. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, and others argued that outside groups and some teachers slip those conversations in, and the bill serves as an accountability reminder.

“I have two children—in the third- and fourth-grade—and don’t want them to be exposed to things I don’t agree with,” Hensley said. “… Even though the state board disallows this now, I’m afraid it does happen, and sex education is talked about in a way that it is acceptable.”

Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, who voted for the bill, said he’s seen documentation that outside groups are entering classrooms at the invitation of principals and teachers and not staying within the curriculum guidelines.

One can only hope more fancy TN restaurants continue to deny service to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Stacey Campfield. He’ll either starve or get fat off fast food.