Senate to hear anti-gay legislation

Associated Press • May 18, 2011 at 4:29 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal that would prohibit the teaching of homosexuality in Tennessee public schools is scheduled to be heard by the Senate on Wednesday.

The measure would require the state board of education to review current curriculum on human sexuality and then make it clear that no elementary or middle schools will "provide any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality."

Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville, the Senate sponsor, says the current state curriculum is not clear about what can be taught.

The companion bill has been withdrawn from consideration in the House, but its sponsor has said he will bring it up again next year if the Senate version passes.

Opponents of the legislation say it would be unfair to students who have same-sex parents.

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