'Don't Say Gay' bill passes House committee - WSMV Channel 4

'Don't Say Gay' bill passes House committee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that seeks to ban Tennessee public schools from teaching about gay issues is advancing in the House.

The proposal, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, passed the House Education Subcommittee on a voice vote Wednesday. House sponsor Joey Hensley added an amendment that mirrors the Senate version of the proposal, which passed last year.

The legislation limits all sexually related instruction to "natural human reproduction science" in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Opponents of the measure say it's too broad and fear it would prevent teachers and others from speaking out against the bullying of gay teens.

Online: Read HB0229 at http://capitol.tn.gov.

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