Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

27 February 2012 Categories: All Blogs

Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill is making national and even international news. This bill is very controversial and has quite a few prominent figures weighing in on it. You can read many stories about the bill by simply searching the internet for it, but not many of the articles have the actual text of the proposed bill. We have set out the bill in full text below:

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:
SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 49-6-1005, is amended by adding the following as new subsection (c) and by relettering the existing subsection (c) accordingly:
(c)
(1) The general assembly recognizes the sensitivity of particular subjects that are best explained and discussed in the home. Human sexuality is a complex subject with societal, scientific, psychological, and historical implications; those implications are best understood by children with sufficient maturity to grasp their complexity.
(2) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no public elementary or middle school shall provide any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it.

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