US: Tennessee’s reintroduced ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill dies
Tennessee’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, which would require teachers to alert parents if their child confided in them about their sexuality, has died before a House Subcommittee.
The bill was defeated once again on Tuesday by the House Education Subcommittee, as none of the representatives would second it.
John Ragan, a Republican Representative who sponsored the bill, said he was “disappointed”. He added that he had planned to amend the bill to remove references to sexuality, and focus instead on students who are seen as violently dangerous.
“It’s about school safety,” Mr Ragan said. “It created a positive obligation for school personnel … to identify students who were a potential threat to themselves and others.”
Mr Ragan said he planned to reintroduce the measure at a later date.
Last week the University of Tennessee bowed to pressure and said it would not use state funding in its sex education week after Fox News reported it as using student fees to pay a “lesbian bondage expert.” Mr Campfield threatened to cut the university’s funding if the event went ahead.