A Tennessee House panel on Tuesday put off debate on a proposed bill which would outlaw the discussion of sexual minorities in Tennessee's public schools before the ninth grade, The Tennessean reported.

The Senate approved the controversial bill – dubbed the “Don't Say Gay” bill – last year. Republican state Senator Stacey Campfield first introduced the legislation seven years ago in the House. Campfield created a firestorm of controversy when he said that a gay man was responsible for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and that only gay men acquire the disease.

The bill's sponsor in the House, Rep. Bill Dunn, a Republican from Knoxville, agreed to put off the debate until the end of the legislative session. The move could signal that lawmakers do not intend to revisit the measure.

Dunn conceded that the legislation was a fix in search of a problem: “We found out there really is not sex education curriculum in K-8 right now,” he said.

The move comes after Governor Bill Haslam reiterated his opposition to the measure.

“It's not something that I think is particularly helpful or needed right now,” Haslam said on Monday. “I think the state already has rules in place about what can be taught.”

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