It all started about a year ago when Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield (R) finally (after six years) got his state to adopt a law forbidding kindergarten teachers from mentioning homosexuality. Called the “Don’t say Gay” bill, it was amended before it could be voted on, since the bill as written was redundant to existing law. It then was amended a second time to add an enforcement clause. That was then.
More recently, Campfield defended his bill and added more of his thoughts during an interview with Michelangelo Signorile:
- On bullying: “That bullying thing is the biggest lark out there. There are sexually confused children who could be pushed into a lifestyle that I don’t think is appropriate with them and … they don’t know how they can get back from that.”
- On “Don’t Say Gay”: “If someone, a person of influence, says maybe you’re gay, maybe you should explore those things—maybe the child, who is young and impressionable, says maybe I am gay.”
- On AIDS: “Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community—it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall.”
- On heterosexual sex: “My understanding is that it is virtually—not completely, but virtually—impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex … very rarely [transmitted].”
- On gay men: “What’s the average lifespan of a homosexual? it’s very short. Google it yourself.”