The Tennessee Senate has pushed back the vote on the Don’t Say Gay Bill (SB0049) so many times; it’s hard to keep up. The bill reappears on the Senate floor for a vote on Wednesday, May 18 at 8:30 AM.
The reason for the delay is no one wants to vote for it. The Don’t Say Gay bill (SB0049) is an unnecessary state mandate on local school districts which will silence teachers, impede local control of schools, and subject LGBT and other vulnerable students to increased isolation, bullying and harassment.
An alternate bill with an amendment, SB0165, proposes a simple study of State education curriculum standards to demonstrate to the education committee of the Senate and House that the Don’t Say Gay Bill is unnecessary. The amended version of the SB0165 needs to pass instead of SB0049.
Send a message before Wednesday, May 18 to your Tennessee Senators to defeat SB0049 and support SB00165!
Then share invite your friends to do the same via email, Facebook and Twitter.
- Tennessee State Senate
I am writing to ask you to vote for the amended version of SB0165 and against SB0049 (the Don’t Say Gay Bill) when these bills are considered by the full Senate.
SB0049 is an unnecessary state mandate on local school districts which will silence teachers, impede local control of schools, and subject vulnerable students to increased isolation, harassment and bullying.
The study required within the amended version of SB0165 will demonstrate the true merits of SB0049.
I am counting on you to vote against the unnecessary SB0049 and vote FOR SB0165.
Thank you for your service to the State of Tennessee.
Respectfully and sincerely,
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