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Opponents Protest Against ‘Don't Say Gay' Bill

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There was a protest Sunday surrounding a bill that's been nicknamed the "Don't Say Gay Bill".

A handful of protestors showed their opposition to it on Capitol Hill.

The legislation, which has gained national attention, would mandate that before ninth grade, teachers would not provide any instruction or material discussing sexual orientation, other than heterosexuality.

Supporters said the bill is "neutral" and simply leaves it up to families to decide when it's OK to talk to their kids about sexuality.

Opponents believe the bill has dangerous consequences.

"So if a K through 8th grader is being bullied for being gay or lesbian, then their teachers and counselors cannot be of assistance to them if they are caught saying gay, then it's a misdemeanor, the state can take action against them, and they can lose their job," said protestor Michael Lofti.

State Senators are expected to cast a final vote on the legislation this week. Then it heads to the House.

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