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Missouri Republican Comes Out, Opposes “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

Post submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist

Yesterday, we reported that Tennessee’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill has been pulled from consideration.

Now a Republican state representative is making a powerful statement against Missouri’s own “Don’t Say Gay” bill by coming out.

Rep. Zach Wyatt (R-Kirksville) is now one of four openly gay lawmakers in Jefferson City. This morning he called on 20 of his fellow Republicans – including House Speaker Steve Tilly and Majority Leader Tim Jones – to withdraw their support for the legislation.

H.B. 2051 would ban any discussion of LGBT issues in Missouri public schools, excepting instruction on human reproduction. Many fear the bill would also ban gay-straight alliances.

House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee Chairman Scott Dieckhaus has indicated that the bill will not receive a hearing at this time.

Watch Rep. Wyatt's announcement below.

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