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'Don't Say Gay' Bill Dies Again in Tennessee House

This bit of news passed me by during this week's marriage melee, but Tennessee's 'Don't Say Gay' bill, which would have prohibited discussion of homosexuality in the classroom, has died again, the AP reports:

RaganThe House sponsor, Republican Rep. John Ragan of Oak Ridge, had planned to amend the legislation to require principals or counselors to identify students who might be a potential threat, but he never got a chance to do so.

The amended version would have been quite different than the Senate proposal, which sought to give schools the authority to inform parents about children who talk to school officials about their sexuality.

"I'm disappointed," Ragan said. "I thought it was a good bill. It was about school safety."

Ragan plans to reintroduce the bill next year.

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  1. That f*cker should die.

    Posted by: JD | Mar 29, 2013 11:32:33 AM


  2. "Ragan plans to reintroduce the bill next year."

    Tell us again about the definition of "insanity", Mr. Ragan...


    Posted by: talibaptist | Mar 29, 2013 11:38:15 AM


  3. there's a relief. it's among the most gallingly wrongheaded of the many more-stupid-than-you-thought-possible GOP bills about "gays" of recent years.

    i loved the logic of "by not saying anything about it, it's also stopping BAD things from being said", as if that makes any sense or will be any aid to this culture of prejudice and bigotry.

    i can see it now...
    "Attention, there's a lesbian in the 10th grade and she wants to come out and she wants to be proud of herself. we need to drive her to suicide before any other gay kids or straight kids realize that being gay isn't a bad thing at all"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 29, 2013 11:40:44 AM


  4. "The House sponsor, Republican Rep. John Ragan of Oak Ridge, had planned to amend the legislation to require principals or counselors to identify students who might be a potential threat"

    Huh? What does that mean with respect to children who talk to school officials about their (homo)sexuality?
    Does it mean that Ragan considers openly gay teens to be a threat to their straight peers? Does he fear that the gay kids might "recruit" the straight kids into gayness?

    Posted by: Peter M. | Mar 29, 2013 11:52:49 AM


  5. "It was about school safety" said this unbelievably stupid GOPer. These ignorant Tennessee right wing politicians will never give up (or much less educate themselves out of their ignorance).

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Mar 29, 2013 12:18:04 PM


  6. "It was about school safety"? Really. The only safe thing you could've done was not to intrude unintelligent, bigoted thinking into the school system, you backwards clown.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Mar 29, 2013 12:51:33 PM


  7. now will stacy the closet case camp field please join his hate bill.

    Posted by: walter | Mar 29, 2013 1:17:25 PM


  8. Isn't it nice to know that all Tennesseans have jobs and healthcare and food on the table. They have no worries at all anymore.

    Posted by: Michael | Mar 29, 2013 4:26:02 PM


  9. "Isn't it nice to know that all Tennesseans have jobs and healthcare and food on the table. They have no worries at all anymore." Exactly. Why are lawmakers wasting time on things like this when there are so many other problems...

    Posted by: MuscleModelBlog.com | Mar 29, 2013 7:02:30 PM


  10. Can someone please 'splain what this "brain" trust means by a potential threat??!?!!? Does he mean a student who might be glbt might trip on their high heels, smear their lipstick or wear mismatched clothes?????? This elected man is not capable of being in an elected office except maybe for garbage collector

    Posted by: Bernie | Mar 29, 2013 7:12:34 PM


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