The LGBT community in Tennessee is about to have a veil pulled over it as homophobic state Rep. Stacey Campfield's notorious "Don't Say Gay" legislation gains some movement. Details follow.
The state's House Education Committee voted by 8 - 7 this week to move forward with "Don't Say Gay."
According to the Tennessean:
House Education Chairman Richard Montgomery, R-Sevierville, voted against the measure, but it passed on an 8-7 vote and goes to the calendar committee before a floor vote.
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.
“And they should,” he said after the vote
Schools violating the proposal would face being cut off from state funds while teachers who educate students on the LGBT community risk actual jail time.