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Don't Say Gay In Tennessee! Saying The Word Might Make Gay Contagious! The GOP Again!
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The GOP dominated state legislaure in Tennessee is on the verge of passing anti-gay legislation. The 'Don't Say Gay' Bill makes it illegal for teachers to discuss any sexual behavior other than heterosexuality with students in kindergarten through the eighth grade. The state Senate is poised to pass the bill. The bill comes under 'education reform' legislation that the state says it is concentrating on. The state of Tennessee maintains that they have pushed the social agenda to the background. "It's about economic development," said Rep. Gerald McCormick, the House Republican leader. "It's not about gay people." What? Ben Byers, a spokeman for the Tennessee Equality Project, says, "It means teachers can't talk about gay issues or sexuality even with students who may be gay or have a gay family."
Stacey Campfield, 42, the author of the "Don't Say Gay" Bill, tried unsuccessfully to pass the bill for six years while an Assembyman. Now that he is a State Senator and the State House has a Tea Party leaning GOP majority, the bill is reported to be headed towards passage. According to Campfield, the legislation will outlaw saying the word "gay" by any teacher.
Proponents of the bill say they do not want the subject to be broached by teachers. The majority state that parents should be the educators of their children in matters of sex education, yet the bill does not seek to limit sex education dealing with issues of heterosexuality. The state has not researched whether homosexuality is included in any curriculum taught in state schools.
Opponents of the legislation point to the growing suicide rate among younger and younger children, who either are the subject of teasing because they are homosexual or perceived to be homosexual. Further, they point to children who are afraid to broach the subject with their parents and then turn to trusted teachers for advice or help. Opponents say that this bill would block teachers from discussing the issue with the students, in any and all cases. Opponents suggest that almost all students have heard the word 'gay' by the time they are 12 (covered under the legislation), either in teasing, on the internet or on television. To suggest that children will be indoctrinated or that the saying of the word will cause children to become gay is ludicrous.
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Tennessee education consistently ranks in the bottom ten performing states in the country, with most statistics ranking the state in the bottom two.
The "Don't Say Gay" legislation accompanies additional 'education reforms' such as prohibiting the teaching of evolution and global warming. The proponents says these are not efforts to teach a point of view; instead they are measures that will promote critical thinking in science education.
As for the teaching of evolution, the Tennessee legislature may have forgotten that this was the type of legislation made the state a laughing stock previously. Do they remember the State of Tennessee vs. John Scopes? Perhaps not. Maybe the legislature should be treated to 'Inherit the Wind', the movie that has entranced millions of viewers since its release in 1960.
Stacey Campfield, the Senator who has proposed the "Don't Say Gay" Bill, has a history of proposing controversial legislation. He has proposed legislation that would allow guns on campuses and legislation requiring that 'aborted fetuses' be issued death certificates.