Resolution recognizes students who protested 'Don't Say Gay' bill

Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 2:08pm

Metro Councilman Jamie Hollin is sponsoring a resolution that would recognize Nashville high school students who went to the steps of the state capitol building this past legislative session to protest the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

The state bill, sponsored by Rep. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, cleared the state Senate in altered form, allowing only the teaching of “natural human reproduction science” in public schools. The companion bill in the House stalled before the conclusion of the 107th legislative session, but could be revived next year.

Hollin, who joined high school students at the protests and piloted Metro’s now-nullified nondiscrimination bill that affected city contractors, said he’s trying to recognize the political participation of high school students.

“If you look at our upcoming election, most prognosticators suggest that voter turnout will be roughly 30 percent,” Hollin said. “That’s a dismal prediction of civic engagement in our city. These students are doing something few would.”

Interestingly, Hollin’s resolution is on Metro’s consent agenda, meaning the council would likely cast one vote for it and several other resolutions that honor various Nashvillians.

Other resolutions on the council’s consent agenda include bills to honor outgoing Nashville Public Library Director Donna Nicely; retiring Metro Clerk Marilyn Swing; departing NewsChannel5 sports director Hope Hines; and the 40th high school reunion of Pearl High School. 

The council is set to consider Hollin's resolution at next Tuesday's meeting.

7 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 6/30/11 at 3:52

What is the end results that this council member seeks?
Is there a leadership position within the community being sought?

By: Nitzche on 7/1/11 at 6:47

jamie Hollin???who is this JOKE? he acts like he is george Wallace on the stump, then turns into "goat boy" when he starts speaking.

By: macjedi on 7/1/11 at 8:01

Hollin is a tool, yes. But these kids were awesome to stand up against hate.

By: Radix on 7/1/11 at 9:04

"Stand up against hate"?! LOL Hollin is a tool, and it appears you are too.

By: tomba1 on 7/1/11 at 1:26

Hollin is off the reservation and taking a willing bunch of his pals with him. Regretfully, mine is one of them. Why would anyone be singled out and recognized in a worthless resolution for exercising their constitutional right? I vote, so shouldn't I get a resolution? I pay taxes, fed, state, local, business, personal so where's my resolution? These kids were doing no more or no less than what we all do.

And alas, it's on the consent agenda so nobody will actually be voting on this specific matter. The council was elected to do the peoples' business and serve the needs of the community. This lunacy is way outside those parameters and is only self serving to those directly involved and wasting their time and our money.

If we keep doing what we're doing, we'll keep getting what we're getting, So if we don't like what we're getting, we must stop doing what we're doing and vote them out and vote new blood in. This is an exceptional time in which change for the sake of change is what is called for. If not, we know what we'll be getting, more of the same and probably worse.

By: macjedi on 7/1/11 at 3:18

Nah, that's cool, Radix. Let's funnel tax dollars to businesses who willfully discriminate. That's good. And damn some high school students for being aware of an issue, right? Yeah.

By: localboy on 7/5/11 at 8:35

Good post, tomba1.