Tennessee’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ lawmaker accused of hitting ex-wife with his car — twice
Tennessee state Sen. Joseph Hensley’s (R) ex-wife accused him of both hitting her with the door of his truck and pushing legislation based on their divorce, WSMV-TV reported.
“I have three witnesses that saw the event,” Gina Hensley said. “Their statements are on file at the sheriff’s department.”
Gina Hensley obtained an order of protection against the senator following the Feb. 18 incident. The Columbia Daily Herald reported that, according to the document, she was moving into her new house after the divorce when Joseph Hensley arrived and accused her of taking items that did not belong to her.
“Joey put his vehicle in reverse and hit me with the door, knocking me [sideways],” she stated in the order. “I yelled out, ‘Stop Joey, you are going to run over me.'”
The senator then allegedly hit her again with the door while trying to close it, and told her he would come back. She called 911, she said, out of fear over his anger.
While Joseph Hensley admitted that SB 812, which he introduced seven days before the alleged incident, was based on his divorce, he called his ex-wife’s accusation’s fabricated.
“I would certainly not hurt anyone,” he said. “I’m a doctor, been a doctor 29 years. Certainly never jeopardize what it has taken years to achieve.”
The bill would enable judges overseeing divorce proceedings to distribute property between both parties. The senator said the bill would not impact his situation because the divorce is already final.
WSMV-TV reported that authorities in Lewis County responded to a report of a domestic incident at the couple’s former home last September. Gina Hensley called it “a very angry and heated and hostile discussion that escalated.”
In February 2012, Hensley introduced what he called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which sought to ban elementary and middle school teachers from addressing issues concerning the LGBT communities. He said at the time that he wanted to keep students away from “alternative lifestyles.”
Just over a year later, he introduced another bill allowing college counselors to cite religious objections in rejecting LGBT students who were considering suicide.
Watch WSMV’s report, as aired late last week, below.
[h/t Addicting Info]