Sen. Stacey Campfield’s proposed legislation would forbid public schools from teaching on homosexuality prior to the ninth grade. The bill, which calls human sexuality a “complex subject,” would prohibit elementary and middle schools from providing “any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality.”
The measure, SB49, is expected to head to the Tennessee Senate floor on Thursday. It was cleared by the Tennessee Senate Education Committee 6 to 3 last Wednesday. All the no votes came from Democrats.
Campfield, a Republican from Knoxville, told CNN that inspiration for the bill came from his observations of “different agendas that people are pushing” nationwide.
His proposal would leave the handling of controversial topics in the hands of parents. According to the congressman, the bill is neutral and not discriminatory because it would prevent anyone with an agenda from speaking on homosexuality in the classroom, either for or against.