posted on Apr, 26 2011 @ 02:46 PM
As a Tennessean, I can promise you this will be abused if it passes and used to exclude children of non-traditional two parent families from school
activities. Why? Because the majority of people here are incredibly closed minded. I swear that some think "the gay" can rub off or their children
can catch it like head lice.
The scenario could go something like this. Johnny has two daddies. The daddies want to participate in class activities with their son. A parent who
doesn't like homosexuals finds out the two daddies are going to be chaperoning the class, say on a field trip. How can we keep kids from asking
questions about Johnny's family? We can't. Children aren't going to think it's that unusual until the parents throw a fit of self righteous fury.
That of course will cause more questions, and then there will almost have to be a discussion about non-traditional families. Ergo, the law will have
been violated. Of course, it will be blamed on the gay guy or even the student and not on the prejudice and stupidity of the parents.
As long as it is made known the couple are not to display affection (the same rule needs to apply to traditional parents as well) I don't think
little kids are going to be freaked out about it or even ask any questions. I've seen it work with prejudice based on race. Little kids seem not to
see color nor care about it until they learn if from their parents or other adults in their circles.
Johnny will be in a terrible position. He will either go on the field trip and not be able to share the experience with his parents, or he'll stay
behind and not get to experience the trip with his classmates. Either way, he will feel ostracized. It also puts the teachers in a terrible position.
Precious few parents want to be involved with their kids' education as it is. Now they will be forced to turn away people who want to help.
Due to the current mindset of the party in power, I have no illusions that this thing will pass. I'm almost sure it will. The wording on this
legislation is tricky. I think it needs to be rewritten or it will definitely be used for discrimination. With the mindset of some of the people here,
we are fooling ourselves if we think it won't.