Michigan Dem Says Proposed "Right to Bully" GLBT Youth Provision Could Make Tennessee a "Laughingstock"
Back in November, Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) made national headlines for delivering an impassioned speech condemning legislation that required schools to adopt anti-bullying policies that exempted students who bullied based on “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.” As a result of Whitmer’s very public opposition, the Michigan legislature eventually stripped the so-called “license to bully” provision from the final bill and now the state leader is hoping to duplicate that success in Tennessee, where lawmakers are considering a very similar clause. In the video below, Whitmer calls on Tennesseans to abandon the measure. “My colleagues became the laughingstocks of the nation when they proposed that,” Whitmer says. “Don’t let Tennessee protect bullies. We need to protect victims.” Watch it: