Tennessee House passes bill along party lines to ban pride flags in public schools

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Tennessee House passes bill along party 

lines to ban pride flags in public schools

Vivian Jones Nashville Tennessean


A bill that would ban the display of pride flags and ideological flags in Tennessee public schools ― but does not explicitly prohibit display of the Nazi or Confederate flags in schools ― passed the full state House on Monday.

House members passed House Bill 1605 on a party-line vote of 70 to 24, with one member present, not voting.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Gino Bulso, R-Brentwood, would prohibit the display of any flags that “represent a political viewpoint, including but not limited to, a partisan, racial, sexual orientation, gender, or other ideological viewpoint.”

A companion bill could be up for a final vote in the Senate as early as Thursday, having passed the Senate Education in a 5 to 4 vote last week. 

Rep. Gino Bulso, R- Brentwood, walks up in the House to argue in favor of his bill that would ban pride flags from Tennessee public schools, at the state Capitol in Nashville , Tenn., Monday, Feb. 26, 2024.

“Do parents have the right to instill values in their own children that they agree with?” Bulso asked during House debate on Monday. “If you have parents across the state who want to instill in their children values represented by the pride flag, they are certainly entitled to do that. On the other hand, if you have parents who want to instill values in their children that are not consistent with the values represented by the pride flag, they have the ability to do that.” 

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