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Stacey Campfield, Tennessee Lawmaker Behind 'Don't Say Gay' Bill, Defeated in Reelection Bid

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Stacey Campfield, the virulently anti-gay Tennessee state senator who authored the "Don't Say Gay" bill forbidding discussion of homosexuality in schools, has been defeated in his bid for a second term. 

The Tennessean reports:

Campfield, a mainstay at the legislature since being elected to the House in 2004, finished with 5,824 votes, just 28 percent of the overall vote, compared to 13,977 votes, 67 percent, for Richard Briggs, a Knox County commissioner. [...]

Memorable comments and moments included: unsuccessfully attempting to join the Tennessee legislature's Black Caucus; blaming AIDS on a gay airline pilot having sex with monkeys and saying the disease is "virtually impossible" to contract during heterosexual intercourse; and, most recently, posting on his blog that "Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for 'train rides' for Jews in the 40s."


'Don't Say Gay' Bill Lawmaker Stacey Campfield Will Be Our Next President, Says Stephen Colbert: VIDEO

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Stephen Colbert believes he has found the next U.S. president in Tennessee state senator Stacey Campfield, the author of the draconian "Don't Say Gay" bill.

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'Don't Say Gay' Bill Author Stacey Campfield Tells Concerned Constituents They Need Meds and Therapy: VIDEO

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Here's how Tennessee Senator Stacey Campfield, the author of the resurrected "Don't Say Gay" bill (which not only forbids teachers to discuss homosexuality in the class room but forces them to out gay students to their parents), responds to his concerned constituents.

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TMZ posts a similar letter, from a different citizen:

"I am appalled at your thought of [the bill] and how it will protect children. I [used] to be proud to call Tennessee my home but after this I am not so sure. Your mind set is pathetic as well as this bill. I encourage you to change your mind or you will make a bunch of people very upset. Imagine, if you have kids and one was gay, how this bill would affect them and you."

Replies Campfield to both people:

"You seem to have some serious, deep anger issues. Have you ever thought about therapy? I hear they are doing some wonderful things with medications these days.

Yours in service, Sen. Stacey Campfield

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Anti-Gay Lawmaker's Picture Will Remain On High School's Wall Of Fame

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Most of us know Stacey Campfield as the Tennessee State Senator who championed the homophobic "Don't Say Gay" bill earlier this year. To the faculty at Vestal High School in New York, Campfield is an alum, and one worthy of being included in the school's Wall of Fame.

Despite protests from students, faculty and parents who oppose Campfield's discriminatory politics, the school says Campfield's picture will indeed remain on display.

"You may be surprised to know that we have heard from many, many people, including students, who understand and agree with our position [to keep the picture]," said school board President Kim Myers. "Many who feel intimidated and fearful to publicly state their approval for fear of being labeled a bigot or anti-gay. When you attempt to shout down opposing voices, who is the bully?"

Myers also told the gathered crowd that Campfield's picture was put up long before he became a voice for conservative causes, and also pointed out that the picture of another graduate wasn't removed after his name was tarnished. That student was OJ Simpson.


House Panel Advances 'Don't Say Gay' Bill in Tennessee

Tennessee's House Education Committee voted 8-7 to advance Rep. Stacey Campfield's (below) "Don't Say Gay" bill, which forbids discussion of homosexuality in schools. It now heads to the Calendar Committee before a floor vote, the Tennesseean reports:

CampfieldBill sponsor Rep. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, and others argued that outside groups and some teachers slip those conversations in, and the bill serves as an accountability reminder.

“I have two children — in the third- and fourth-grade — and don’t want them to be exposed to things I don’t agree with,” Hensley said. “... Even though the state board disallows this now, I’m afraid it does happen, and sex education is talked about in a way that it is acceptable.”

Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, who voted for the bill, said he’s seen documentation that outside groups are entering classrooms at the invitation of principals and teachers and not staying within the curriculum guidelines.

Schools caught in violation of the state’s sex education policies can have state money withheld, and teachers face a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail, according to state law.

The bill passed the Senate in 2011.


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