Activists fight over Tennessee gay bullying ban - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Activists fight over state gay bullying ban

(AP) - Conservative activist David Fowler of Signal Mountain said he favors legislative efforts to discourage student bullying but disagrees with providing special consideration for gay students.

Fowler, a former Republican state senator, is president of the Family Action Council of Tennessee. The group's December newsletter says it wants "to make sure (the legislation) protects the religious liberty and free speech rights of students who want to express their views on homosexuality."

Fowler told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that "the purpose is to stop bullying, not create special classes of people who are more important than others."

Leaders of the gay rights advocacy group Tennessee Equality Project contend the legislation would give students a "license to bully" by allowing them to hide their irrational biases behind an extreme religious belief.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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