'Don't Say Gay' statute sparks councilman rant - WSMV Channel 4

'Don't Say Gay' statute sparks councilman rant

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Metro Nashville Councilman Jamie Hollin shouted at colleagues who blocked his proposed commendation of students who protested what has become known as the "Don't Say
Gay" bill and then left the council chamber.
  
Hollin later launched into what The Tennessean described as "a profanity-laced rant" after Tuesday night's council meeting at which his motion to suspend chamber rules to consider the
commendation failed.
  
The motion failed when colleagues Jim Gotto and Phil Claiborne objected. Gotto is also a state representative. The state Senate this year passed a measure that would bar discussion of
homosexuality in school below the high school level. A House version stalled in committee, but could come up again next year.
  
Hollin wanted to commend students who had protested the bill. He had missed a committee meeting at which the resolution could have first been presented, but chamber rules had been suspended to consider two previous resolutions, the newspaper reported.

"They deserved to know how their bigotry affects their colleagues and how it's a cancer," Hollin told Channel 4 on Wednesday.  "I wouldn't have been able to sleep last night if I would've just sat there and didn't say anything."

After yelling at Gotto and Claiborne, Hollin stormed out of the chamber. The meeting was adjourned shortly thereafter.
  
Outside the chamber, Hollin confronted Claiborne, cursing at him and saying Claiborne objected to his resolution on religious grounds.
  
Hollin said the objection to rules suspension by Gotto and Claiborne were motivated by anti-gay bias.
  
"They collectively represent the worst in us," Hollin said.

Channel 4 reached out Wednesday to Councilmen Gotto and Claiborne for their side of what happened.  However, neither returned phone calls.

Hollin said he'll try to find another way to recognize the students who were involved in the protest.

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