Gov. Haslam says Don't Say Gay bill unlikely to pass

Gov. Haslam says Don't Say Gay bill unlikely to pass


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Gov. Bill Haslam says state Sen. Stacey Campfield's so called Don't Say Gay bill is probably doomed.

The measure drew protests and negative media attention from around the nation, but it passed the Tennessee Senate in May.

It says any instruction or materials at a public elementary or middle school will be "limited exclusively to age-appropriate natural human reproduction science."

Campfield (R-Knoxville) wants to block any discussion of homosexuality in classrooms prior to ninth grade.

In an interview with The City Paper in Nashville, the governor complained that little attention was paid to an appointment he made around the same time.

"Don't Say Gay is real sexy and yada yada yada. It's not going anywhere. Who runs the student achievement district is huge. But you'd be lucky to find two paragraphs on that," Gov. Haslam told the paper.

Sen. Campfield responded Monday to 6 News saying, "I partially agree with the governor that some in the media have an unhealthy obsession with this bill. But I disagree with the governor saying that it is not going to pass. Families across the state believe this is something that should be discussed with young children in the home, not with some radical in the classroom."

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