A twice delayed vote on a bill that seeks to outlaw the discussion of sexual minorities in Tennessee's public schools before the ninth grade is expected in the Senate on Wednesday.

Republican Senator Stacey Campfield's bill cleared a Senate committee late last month.

According to Nashville NBC affiliate WSMV, lawmakers on Monday set aside debate on the bill until Wednesday.

Campfield explained the controversy surrounding the bill this way: “I think people are realizing, 'Hey, there are people pushing things onto children, things maybe they do not agree with, pro or con,' so I think people are taking notice of this.”

The measure's sponsor in the House, 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 weeks, 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.”