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TENNESSEE: Abstinence-Centered Bill Passes Senate 28-1


Associated Press (04.05.12) - Friday, April 06, 2012

By a 28-1 vote on Thursday, the Tennessee Senate passed a bill requiring that "family life education" be "abstinence- centered" - emphasizing that abstinence means refraining from "any kind of sexual contact." The legislation, whose companion bill awaits action by the House Education Committee, emerged as an alternative to a proposal to ban the teaching of gay issues in elementary and middle schools. Sen. Jack Johnson (R- Franklin) sponsored the measure; Sen. Beverly Marrero (D- Memphis) cast the only dissenting vote, noting that the issue should be "left to parents and school boards."


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