In promoting a new version of his infamous “Don't Say Gay” bill, Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield has said that gay sex is very dangerous.

Campfield's controversial bill, which seeks to outlaw the discussion of sexual minorities in Tennessee's public schools before the ninth grade, returned last month with a new name, the Classroom Protection Act (SB234), and a new mandate: Counselors who speak to students about the subject must inform the students' parents that such counseling has taken place.

In an on-camera interview with the Tennessean, Campfield defended his proposal.

This bill “says at very young ages we're going to leave [sexual discussions] up to the families to decide when it's age appropriate, what is age appropriate, and what they want to talk to their children about,” Campfield said.

“I would say being gay is not a dangerous activity. The act of homosexuality is very dangerous to someone's health and safety.”

“You think homosexuality is radically dangerous?” he was asked.

“I think there are health issues. There are serious health concerns. You are talking about an activity that can be deadly.”

“In what way?”

“Well, AIDS kills people.”

“But it's not limited to homosexuality.”

“It is not. But I think it passes at a 50 times higher rate in the act of homosexuality than through heterosexuality,” he said, then added: “And those are CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] numbers.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Writing at, Zack Ford called Campfield's views “absurd.”

“He doesn't just believe that homosexuality is 'dangerous' because of the potential spread of HIV, he actually believes that AIDS 'came from the homosexual community – it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall.' He also believes that homosexuality is a 'learned behavior' comparable to bestiality.”