Council Passes Resolution To Recognize Student Protestors
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A controversial council resolution to honor students who worked against the so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill ended differently than the last time it came up for a vote.
On Tuesday night, sponsor Jamie Hollin found a different way to put the resolution up for another vote. He proposed "non-binding memorializing resolution" that would put the council on record as supporting the actions of those students. It passed with overwhelming support.
Hollin almost came to blows with one of its opponents in a parking garage after the July 5 meeting in which it was defeated.
Jamie Hollin confronted council member Jim Gotto about his vote against the resolution, and it was caught on cell phone video by a Tennessean staffer.
Gotto voted against the resolution Tuesday, saying it sets a bad precedent.
The "Don't Say Gay" bill aims to make it illegal for educators to discuss any sexual behavior apart from heterosexuality with students in the eighth grade or younger. It was discussed during the last legislative session, but failed in the House and Senate.
Several high school students protested the bill outside the State Capitol.