Last week a controversial bill was passed in Tennessee that would allow teachers and others to be sued by parents for allowing students to hug and participate in other ‘gateway sexual activity’ at schools.
The controversial measure is intended to curb teen pregnancy and is an offshoot of the state’s growing abstinence-based sex education program.
At the heart of the matter, most of the controversy stems from the “gateway sexual activity” line, which remains vague and was not clearly defined before the bill went to vote. Some detractors argue that it could unreasonably punish teachers for allowing students to cuddle, hold hands or even hug, whether in the halls between classes or at a school dance.
According to the Associated Press, 60 Republicans and eight Democrats voted yes while 22 Democrats and one Republican voted against the bill.
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