Students protest 'Don't say gay' bill

May 14, 2011 at 5:16 PM
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NASHVILLE, May 14 (UPI) -- Scores of students came to the Tennessee state Capitol to protest a bill that would ban homosexuality from sex education classes in the early grades.

Only a few students showed up at the Capitol Monday but word spread on Facebook and by Thursday there were about 75 young people at the Capitol, mostly from three Nashville schools, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Saturday.

David Gilmore, a student at Martin Luther King Magnet School, showed up in a T-shirt that said "I love my two dads."

The bill, SB 49, has been nicknamed the "Don't Say Gay" bill. It would limit teachers to discussion of heterosexuality in sex education classes through the eighth grade.

"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," the bill says in its argument.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, said he will keep pushing for a vote in the Senate this year with hopes the House will take it up next year, The Tennessean said.

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