The House bill as written, along with a companion piece in the state Senate, would ban the teaching or furnishing materials on human sexuality other than heterosexuality in public school grades of Kindergarten thru 8th grade, reports Out & About.
“Sexuality is a very complex issue, and some parents have different philosophies about the issue,” said Rep. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville). “We are saying that schools should remain neutral; we’re not advocating for or against the homosexual lifestyle.”
“This bill is a slap in the face of local control of education,” said Chris Sanders, board chair of the Tennessee Equality Project, who added that the bill was drawing attention away from more vital education-related issues.
A hearing and debate is scheduled for Wednesday.