Tennessee state Rep. Stacey Campfield doesn’t want teachers to be allowed to even say the word “gay” to students.
Rep. Stacey Campfield said he believes the issue of homosexuality can be too complicated for young minds to understand. Campfield filed, the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would essentially ban teachers from talking about the topic. “I think our teachers need to stick with reading, writing, and arithmetic,” Campfield said. “It confuses a lot of children that are already in a difficult part of life, and it’s a very complex issue.” Campfield pointed to newspaper articles as examples of where homosexuality was being taught in schools, like a program in Knoxville that contains information on AIDS, gay and lesbian sex. He said second graders had access to the information. “Let’s take this off the table, lets not talk about this to very young children, I don’t see a problem with that,” Campfield said.
Yesterday the education committee of the Tennessee House decided to wait a year before voting on Campfield’s bill. Campfield has also signed on to a lawsuit challenging Obama’s nationality.