Families, not schools, should decide when it is an appropriate time to discuss issues on sexuality, the Tennessee senator behind the “Don’t Say Gay” bill told CNN Tuesday.

Sen. Stacey Campfield’s proposed legislation would forbid public schools from teaching on homosexuality prior to the ninth grade. The bill, which calls human sexuality a “complex subject,” would prohibit elementary and middle schools from providing “any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality.”

The measure, SB49, is expected to head to the Tennessee Senate floor on Thursday. It was cleared by the Tennessee Senate Education Committee 6 to 3 last Wednesday. All the no votes came from Democrats.

Campfield, a Republican from Knoxville, told CNN that inspiration for the bill came from his observations of “different agendas that people are pushing” nationwide.

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