By a 20-10 vote, the Tennessee Senate has adopted homophobic legislation that forbids public school teachers and students through the eighth grade from teaching the existence of homosexuality. Oh, but no worries: The bill says "talking about heterosexuality is okay."
Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville—who is a confirmed bachelor—sponsored the “don’t say gay bill,” after previously raising it six times when he was a member of the House.
The bill originally stated that “no public elementary or middle school shall provide any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality.” Under pressure from colleagues, Campfield amended the bill to only apply to prepared materials and instruction, which means that teachers will be allowed to respond if a student asks about homosexuality.
If it becomes law, teachers who bring up the subject of homosexuality would be subject to a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail.
I wonder how long it will be before Sen. Campfield is arrested for molesting an underage boy. Sadly, as we've seen time after time, the most militant homophobes are those with the most to hide.