Asked about a GOP state senator’s bill to require public school employees to inform a student’s parents if alerted the child is possibly engaging in homosexual activity, Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey sided with those who say it’s a government intrusion into family matters.
“There are some things that should be left inside the family and some things don’t need to be in public,” Ramsey said.
He added that the issue is nowhere near a priority to him. “It’s not even on my radar screen right now,” said Ramsey.
Under legislation sponsored by Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, a school counselor, nurse or principal would have to inform parents if their children’s “circumstances present immediate and urgent safety issues involving human sexuality.” Campfield told reporters this week that he considers the “act of homosexuality” to be dangerous to a child’s health and safety.
The measure is part of a similar proposal, known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, that Campfield passed in the Senate last year, but which failed in the House. The proposal would ban the teaching of gay issues to elementary and middle school students.
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