Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer has criticized a Tennessee anti-bullying bill that excludes gay teens.

Tennessee lawmakers are expected to debate an anti-bullying bill that neglects to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens and encourages the bullying of gay students by creating exceptions based on religious or moral convictions.

In November, Whitmer led the charge against passage of a similar bill in Michigan, accusing Republicans of crafting a “license to bully.”

In a 60-second video released last week, Whitmer encourages folks in Tennessee to speak out against the proposed legislation.

“Right now in the state of Tennessee your Legislature is debating creating excuses for bullying, giving kids a license to bully, if they can come up with a religious or moral reason for doing that,” Whitmer says in the video. “It's ludicrous.”

“Don't let Tennessee protect bullies. We need to protect victims. Let your legislator know how you feel about this.”

“Every kid in Tennessee deserves to go to school and be safe. Not to be scared because they are going to be tormented,” she adds. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)