'Don't Say Gay' Amendment Lets Teachers Say Gay Under Some Circumstances

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In a bizarre twist, state lawmakers behind the "Don't Say Gay" bill seem to have finally realized that they're embarrassing themselves, and they have proposed an amendment to try to look less like nimrods. Under their amendment, teachers still can't say gay—unless a student asks questions, in which case they can answer these questions "in good faith" and so can school counselors and nurses.

The bill came up in the House Education Committee today, but it was delayed. The sponsor—Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville—said he would present his amendment next week. School counselors have complained that students with concerns about human sexuality might have no where to turn for answers. Dunn explained, "People are saying that people can't talk. This says, yes, they can," under certain circumstances. Tom Humphrey has posted most of the amendment on his blog.

Update: Gov. Bill Haslam tried to trash the "Don't Say Gay" bill today and succeeded in delaying it. But sponsors say they're pushing ahead no matter what the governor thinks. Haslam's never been a fan of the "Don't Say Gay" bill, either because he's not a bigot or because he thinks it's a distraction and might turn off independent voters if they think Republicans hate gay people. “ ‘Don’t Say Gay’ is real sexy and yada yada yada. It’s not going anywhere," he said last year.

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