‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Sponsor: Students Shouldn’t ‘Be Exposed To Alternative Lifestyles’

On Tuesday, Tennessee’s House Education Committee postponed its hearing of the infamous Don’t Say Gay bill — a measure that would prohibit public elementary and middle schools from discussing sexual activity that is not related to “natural human reproduction science” — after Rep. Joey Hensley (R) asked to make additional changes to the legislation. In an interview with The Tennessean, Hensley reiterated that “We don’t want students to be exposed to alternate lifestyles,” adding, “If their parents want them to know about that, they can teach them at home.” The state’s Republican Governor Bill Haslam has called on conservatives to drop the measure and state education officials say instruction about sexual orientation “is already banned from the current curriculum.”