Sure, it’s all about age appropriate, no prejudice at all.
For most elementary school students, the issue of sexuality may barely register on their radars. But it may be this season’s political hot topic.
A proposed bill in the Tennessee Legislature wants to spell out how schools can introduce sexuality – and only heterosexuality – to your child. It’s sponsored by State Sen. Stacey Campfield and Rep. Bill Dunn – both Republicans from Knoxville.
At the heart of the bill is a move to prevent children in elementary and middle schools to have classes that discuss sexual orientation other than heterosexuality.
Gay rights activists say it’s a ploy to further discriminate against them.
Those who support the bill say it’s about having age appropriate curriculum.
“If we’re talking about homosexuality, we are talking about specific acts that are going to be unhealthy for anybody to engage in outside of marriage.”
The bill, known as House Bill 229 or Senate Bill 49, says in part: “No public elementary or middle school shall provide any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality.”
At least one group says that’s anti-gay – and calls it the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
“The Don’t Say Gay bill raises all kinds of issues about anti-gay bias, free speech and government overreach,” said Ben Byers with the Tennessee Equality Project.