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Advocates Rally Against 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - State lawmakers met to debate a controversial piece of legislation on Wednesday, while advocates rallied outside.

Gay rights advocates rallied together in Legislative Plaza Wednesday afternoon to show their opposition to the "Don't Say Gay" bill.

The bill has gained national attention. It 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.

The "Don't Say Gay" bill passed last year in the Senate and is beginning to move through the house.

Lawmakers are expected to debate the issue in the House Education Subcommittee soon.

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