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Tenn. moves to criminalize teachers and students talking about homosexuality

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 22, 2011 | 1:15 am

Teachers talking about the birds without the bees is one step closer to being a crime in Tennessee. From the AP:

A bill passed Friday by the Tennessee Senate would forbid public school teachers and students in grades kindergarten through eight from discussing the fact that some people are gay.

Opponents deride the measure as the “don’t say gay bill.” They say it’s unfair to the children of gay parents and could lead to more bullying. Supporters say it is intended to give teachers clear guidance for dealing with younger children on a potentially explosive topic.

The bill isn’t likely to be taken up by the House before lawmakers adjourn this spring, but the sponsor there has said he would push it forward in 2012 when the General Assembly comes back for the second year of the session.

It’s not clear from this story what the punishment would be.

I can understand why many Americans don’t want teachers talking to their kids about homosexuality. But I cannot understand why they think that needs to be criminalized.

More on the bill from the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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