According to the most recent MTSU poll, 62 percent of Tennesseans oppose gay marriage. But, interestingly enough, almost the same amount of people — 57 percent — are also opposed to Stacey Campfield's "Don't Say Gay" legislation.
Only 28 percent of those polled said they were in favor of gay marriage, with 62 percent opposed and the rest either undecided or refusing to answer. The result compares to 43 percent opposition in some national polls and 56 percent opposition in other Southern states.
On the other hand, 57 percent said they oppose “a law forbidding any instruction or discussion of homosexuality in eighth grade and lower classes in Tennessee public schools,” a premise of a so-called “don’t say gay” bill pending in the Legislature. Only 31 percent support such a law, 8 percent are undecided and the rest declined to answer, MTSU said.
So, take heart, gay Tennesseans! Tennessee is today where the country was back in 1996 — at 28-percent support of gay marriage, governed by a dude named Bill, and desperately missing The Ramones.
Plus your fellow Tennesseans are also unenthusiastic about "Don't Say Gay" — which means that while Stacey Campfield does a great job of getting himself in front of a camera at every opportunity, he's not doing a very good job of convincing Tennesseans of the rightness of his positions.