Rep. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald of the Tennessee state legislature has pulled the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, SB 49, from consideration. The bill will die with the expiration of the term of the 107th General Assembly. However, schools in Tennessee will still be told state law says they cannot “Say Gay” in their classrooms.
A letter will be sent out by the state Board of Education and the Department of Education (and perhaps by the Department of Redundancy Department?) telling Tennessee K-8 schools that “classroom instruction, course materials or other informational resources that are inconsistent with natural human reproduction shall be classified as inappropriate for the intended student audience and, therefore, shall be prohibited.”
The bill’s author says he may re-file the legislation, if there is any indication of “alternate lifestyles” being prompted in Tennessee schools in spite of the warnings from the state offices.
So, no “Don’t Say Gay” law in Tennessee, but you still can’t say gay in school. This being Tennessee and all, I wonder what they teach about moonshine?
See Knoxnews.com’s Humphrey on the Hill for the story.