State Senator Stacey Campfield‘s obsession, the latest incarnation of the Tennessee GOP’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill is opposed by 57 percent, the majority of Tennessee voters. The bill would force teachers and school administrators to literally “out” any student who approached them to discuss anything related to homosexuality, and prohibits any teaching or discussion by teachers of anything other than “natural” reproduction — in other words, “don’t say gay.”
Unfortunately, with this news also comes news that the majority of Tennessee voters oppose same-sex marriage.
“Sixty-two percent of Tennesseans oppose ‘allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally’ but almost as strong a majority oppose making it illegal to talk about homosexuality in school classrooms at lower grade levels, according to a Middle Tennessee State University poll,” the Knoxville News reports.
And that anti-equality majority is extreme, and entrenched.
“This nearly two-thirds opposition in Tennessee to legalizing gay marriage is significantly higher than the 43 percent opposition registered nationally in surveys throughout 2012 by the Pew Center for the People and the Press,” the Daily News-Journal notes:
It is higher even than the 56 percent opposition Pew found to be typical in 2012 of the South Central region that includes Tennessee as well as Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.
Regular readers know Senator Campfield well. Here’s a look:
Hat tip: Towleroad
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