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Advocacy Group Takes Strike At Republican Senator

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.(AP/NewsChannel5)- Leaders at the Tennessee Equality Project have organized a fund in hopes of treating a Republican lawmaker's "irrational homophobia".

On Thursday, Tennessee Equality Project announced it would create the "Stacey Campfield Counseling Fund", a tongue-in-cheek donation driven project focused around Republican State Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville).

Campfield was recently in the news when he re-submitted his well-known "Don't Say Gay Bill" on January 29, 2013. The revised bill would require schools to inform a student's parents if the child is engaging in homosexual activity.

Campfield told reporters on Wednesday 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 in 2011, but the companion bill failed in the House last year. The proposal would ban the teaching of gay issues to elementary and middle school students.

In response to Camfield's statements and the proposed bill leaders at the Tennessee Equality Project said they created the "Stacey Campfield Counseling Fund" in order to seek professional help for the Senator.

"We've grown concerned about Senator Campfield's homophobia, pathological obsession with gay people, and the effect of his campaign against youth in the State of Tennessee. We've come to believe that if his personal demons aren't addressed, Senator Campfield's issues will harm Tennessee's youth and result in him filing more hateful legislation," the TEP said in a blog post Thursday.

As part of the campaign on Campfield, TEP said that funds raised would be used to lobby against the "Don't Say Gay Bill" and other anti-LBGT bills. Those interested in supporting the fund can make monetary donation from $25 to $100 for "counseling time".

Leaders with the TEP said they have fought Senators Campfield' legislation each time it was proposed in the past and planned to continue fighting it.

(Copyright 2013 By The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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