In Tennessee, the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill is Almost as Unpopular as Gay Marriage

The Nashville Scene makes note of a new poll:

CampfieldThe Knoxville News-Sentinel reports:

Only 28 percent of those polled said they were in favor of gay marriage, with 62 percent opposed and the rest either undecided or refusing to answer. The result compares to 43 percent opposition in some national polls and 56 percent opposition in other Southern states.

On the other hand, 57 percent said they oppose “a law forbidding any instruction or discussion of homosexuality in eighth grade and lower classes in Tennessee public schools,” a premise of a so-called “don’t say gay” bill pending in the Legislature. Only 31 percent support such a law, 8 percent are undecided and the rest declined to answer, MTSU said.

So, take heart, gay Tennesseans! Tennessee is today where the country was back in 1996 — at 28-percent support of gay marriage, governed by a dude named Bill, and desperately missing The Ramones.


  1. AMA says

    I’m from TN but left almost ten years ago. This “don’t say gay bill” is horrifying, but I was happy to see when I went down to TN for a recent trip that Stacey Campfield, the author of this bill, is widely received as a total joke throughout the state. Apparently his ignorance is a badge or honor for him, not just on gays but a variety of other topics. People seem to be more embarrassed by him than anything else.

  2. mike says

    the 2013 HRC Nashville Equality Dinner, sponsored by the Tennessee Equality Project and the HRC, is scheduled for this weekend in Nashville. Tickets to the dinner are $175 each.

    The “Presenting Sponsor” for the event is Bridgestone.

    According to the financial reports filed with the State of TN, in 2012 Bridgestone PAC gave $45,000 to Republican candidates and PACs, and $11,500 to Democratic candidates and PACs.

    Four of the “Corporate Sponsors” for this event are Waller Lansden, Cracker Barrel, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, and Bass Berry Sims. All of these company’s filed financial statements for their PACs with the State of TN.

    In January 2013, Waller Lansden PAC contributed $1000 to Stacey Campfield’s campaign.

    In November and December 2012, Cracker Barrel PAC contributed $1000 to Mitch McConnell’s campaign, and $1000 to the Heather Wilson for Senate Campaign. Heather Wilson has a zero rating from the HRC because of her anti-gay voting record.

    In 2012 Bass Berry Sims contributed $42,250 to Republican candidates in TN, and $4500 to Democratic candidates.

    In 2012 Bradley Arant Boult Cummings contributed $12,500 to Republican candidates, and $3750 to Democratic candidates.

    In my opinion the Nashville HRC Equality Dinner should not have sponsors that actively finance opponents of LGBT rights

  3. says

    Mike, the dinner this weekend has nothing to do with the Tennessee Equality Project. Please, stop spreading misinformation. I noticed that you posted the same misinformation on the Nashville Scene’s blog. Our event is in September at the Parthenon.

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