Tennessee Senate Approves Bill To Warn Students That Hand-Holding Is A ‘Gateway Sexual Activity’


Written by Scott Keyes

Like any state legislature dealing with 8 percent unemployment and thousands of its residents facing disenfranchisement, the Tennessee Senate is targeting the menace of underage hand-holding.

Last week, the Senate passed SB 3310, a bill to update the state’s abstinence-based sex education curriculum to define holding hands and kissing as “gateway sexual activities.” Just one senator voted against the legislation; 28 voted in favor.

Since the bill specifically bans teachers from “demonstrating gateway sexual activity”, 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 isn’t specifically on the approved curriculum, like demonstrating “holding hands” 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.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Kellyanne M.
Kellyanne M5 years ago

Holding hands? Really? I remember happily holding hands and swinging arms with my friends when I was a little girl. I will admit, sometimes it led to hugging. Pity help us with this idiotic thinking.

Marilyn Arnest
Marilyn Arnest5 years ago

This kind of thinking is so absurd there aren't words to describe it. It is beyond my comprehension how these elected officials ever get into office. We seem to have a flurry of Todd Akins running our country!

Muriel C.
Muriel C5 years ago

Next they'll abolish education, which is the gateway to critical thinking, and which would indubitably lead children to resist the authority of the Church and the Republicans. Parents who insist on educating their children will be arrested for seducing children into secular humanism

Christina B.
Christina B5 years ago

How can you still live in a country where the Senate is made up of complete idiots? I'm at a complete loss for words.

John J.
John J.5 years ago

this is so sad, I don't even know what to say.

Sue H.
.5 years ago

Gee, wonder how many sexual harassment cases will be brought by children against the parents who insist they hold their hands while walking? These people are complete idiots.

Nancy Crouse
Nancy Crouse5 years ago

Okay, I really think there is something in your water after all! Why else would the vote be 28 to 1? Can we please enact legislation barring pregnancies by any 2 people any closer than 15th cousins! Imbreeding is obviously affecting common sense and what handholding really is... not a gateway to sexual activity. If 2 people cannot keep it together while holding hands they need to take some lessons in self-control.

Mark R.
Mark R5 years ago

28 to 1!? Seriously!? Did their mothers smoke copious amounts of weed during pregnancy or something? This just goes beyond words.

Robert Moseley
Robert Moseley5 years ago

This is rediculous .

Becky Y.
Rebecca Y5 years ago

Hand holding is a gateway to sexual activity, for sure! I've had sex with every single person I have ever held hands with! Sure, I have! Just where is Tennessee and what century are they in?