Bill Haslam has introduced a new definition: gateway sexual activity.
The bill, (http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/HB3621.pdf) HB 3621/SB 3310 , bans teaching students about "gateway sexual activity." The problem is the bill doesn't truly define what exactly a gateway sexual activity is and so critics are now left wondering if kissing and holding hands could be classified as such.
According to the bill, gateway sexual activity means "sexual contact encouraging an individual to engage in a non-abstinent behavior." It further stated that a person promotes gateway sexual activity by "encouraging, advocating, urging or condoning gateway sexual activities."
He told the website, (http://www.politifact.com/tennessee/article/2012/may/10/hand-holding-gateway-sex/) PolitiFact.com that "gateway sexual activity" means "sexual contact" that's in accordance to the state's criminal law and that refers to the "intentional touching" of areas such as the "groin, inner thigh, buttock or breast of a human being."
"Gateway sexual activity is so vaguely defined it could be holding hands, hugging, anything that teenagers do like that," State Rep.
Under the new law, the curriculum of Tennessee schools is required to "exclusively and emphatically promote sexual risk avoidance through abstinence, regardless of a student's current or prior sexual experience." Should outside instructors or organizations teach students about "gateway sexual activity" in a sex ed class, they could be fined $500, under the new law.