A bill that seeks to outlaw the discussion of sexual minorities in Tennessee's public schools before the ninth grade won't get a hearing this year in the House.

Republican Senator Stacey Campfield's bill cleared a Senate committee last week and is scheduled for a Senate floor vote on Thursday.

But the bill's House sponsor, Representative Bill Dunn, has said there isn't sufficient time left in this year's session to pursue passage in the House.

Dunn told KnoxNews.com that the House Education Committee responsible for vetting such bills has closed for the year.

“Stacey waited awfully late to get started,” said Dunn.

“That's all right with me,” said Campfield. “He always said, 'You pass it first, then I'll pass it.' So, I'll pass it this year and he can pass it next year.”

Campfield touted his bill in various media appearances over the past week, including CNN and Fox News. On CNN, he insisted his bill is “neutral” and doesn't judge whether being gay is a positive or a negative.

In a radio interview with David Pakman, Campfield, who has sponsored the bill in five previous sessions, added that he believes being gay is a choice.

“Well, so far I haven't seen anything that's proven there's a gay gene,” Campfield said. “That has not been proven to me. I have not seen anything – you know, actually, I'm not saying it is or not, I just haven't seen anything that proves it's anything but a learned behavior.”

“I think heterosexuality is the norm and a lot of times people learn to do different things. People do different things.”