Published Online: February 28, 2012
Published in Print: February 29, 2012, as Tenn. Delays Action on Gay-Issues Ban

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Tenn. Delays Action on Gay-Issues Ban

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Legislators in Tennessee last week put off consideration of a measure to ban the teaching of gay issues to elementary and middle school students after fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam expressed concerns.

Gov. Haslam told reporters that lawmakers should be focused on other issues.

The legislation would limit all sexually related instruction to "natural human reproduction science" in kindergarten through 8th grade.

Opponents of the measure said it's too broad and fear it would prevent teachers and others from speaking out against the bullying of gay teens.

Vol. 31, Issue 22, Page 5

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