Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has called on lawmakers to drop state Senator Stacey Campfield's Don't Say Gay bill, Nashville Public Radio reported.

The House Education Committee considering the bill put off debate on Monday after meeting privately with an official from Haslam's office.

The proposed legislation would outlaw the discussion of sexual minorities in Tennessee's public schools before the ninth grade.

A last-minute amendment offered last year by Republican Senator Kerry Roberts helped the bill clear the Senate with a 20-10 vote.

The amendment strikes out language that limited the discussion of sexual orientation to heterosexuality before the ninth grade, replacing it with language that limits the discussion to “natural human reproduction science.” Campfield said the language would stamp out discussion of homosexuality since gay people cannot reproduce.

Haslam, who wants the bill amended to keep it from interfering with an anti-bullying law, told reporters that he doesn't think it's a priority.

“I've said before I don't think that should be a priority of the Legislature. I think there's other things that we can and should be focused on right now, and I've been up front about that from the very beginning,” he said.

Lawmakers tabled consideration of the measure until next week.

(Related: Bill Haslam signs law banning gay protections.)