Last week, the Senate passed SB 3310, a bill to update the stateâs abstinence-based sex education curriculum to define holding hands and kissing as âgateway sexual activities.â Just one senator voted against the legislation; 28 voted in favor.
Since the bill specifically bans teachers from âdemonstrating gateway sexual activityâ, educators would be prohibited from even demonstrating what hand-holding is. Breaking these laws could result in a lawsuit, as Hunter from Daily Kos notes:
If your teacher teaches you anything about sex that isnât specifically on the approved curriculum, like demonstrating âholding handsâ for the class instead of quietly tsking about the dangers it poses, they can be sued.
Still, this anti-hand-holding push may only be the second-worst bill passed in Tennessee this month. Nearly a century after the Volunteer State played host to the Scopes Monkey Trial, the legislature has now enacted a new law allowing educators to teach creationism alongside evolution.