‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Dies For Lack of a Second

A bill entitled “Classroom Protection Act,” better known as the “don’t say gay bill,” died quietly and without debate in the House Education Subcommittee Tuesday.
No representative on the nine-member panel would make the necessary motion to second the bill before it could be considered. The chairman, Rep. Mark White, R-Memphis, declared the bill dead for lack of a second and Rep. John Ragan, R-Oak Ridge, simply said, “Thank you, Mr. Chairman and members of the committee.”
Ragan had prepared an amendment rewriting the bill (HB1332), sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, but never got to explain it to the panel.

From the Tennessean:
The measure’s sponsor, state Rep. John Ragan, expressed disappointment, saying he planned to present an amendment that turned the bill into a plan to deal with schoolhouse shootings — not homosexuality.
The developments appeared to put an end to this year’s fight between gay rights groups and conservative lawmakers over how to discuss same-sex relationships with schoolchildren. It fell on a day that the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a challenge to California’s ban on gay marriage, with few activists on hand for the bill’s demise.
In its original form, the bill would have prohibited lessons or planned discussions about homosexuality before high school. Guidance counselors also would have been required to notify parents if students told them of any potentially risky behavior.
Gay rights groups saw the bill as an extension of “Don’t Say Gay” measures they have fought in previous legislative sessions. They said the bill would chill discussions between students and teachers or administrators by creating a reporting requirement.

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