Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tennessee Anti LGBT Bills

Tennessee is currently considering passing two homophobic so-called “religious freedom” bills that targeted the state’s LGBT residents. The two bills are HB1840 which is anti-LGBT counseling legislation & the HB2414 bill targeting transgender students in Tennessee. Both HB1840 & HB2414 exemplify the most intrusive forms of government overreach, trafficking in fear-mongering, rather than facts, around LGBT issues. HB1840 would put the state in the position of micromanaging professional standards of the counseling profession a profession that already adheres to a strict code of ethics while also limiting the access of clients to counselors when they are most vulnerable. HB2414 would represent further state disruption of local school districts that are making common sense accommodations for their students & would go so far as to regulate a student’s access to restrooms. Both bills are backlash anti LGBT discriminatory legislation after the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court ruling granted gay & lesbian couples the right to marry nationwide. Chris Sanders, Executive Director of the Tennessee Equality Project stated, “These bills represent not only a direct attack on the LGBT residents of Tennessee, but a direct threat to our state’s reputation as a place that is welcoming for business & tourism. We call on all Tennessee residents, businesses, and lawmakers who share our vision of a fair, hospitable & welcoming state to reject these discriminatory bills as the wrong direction for our state.” So the question is will Tennessee become “the next” state to enter into the contentious national debate surrounding LGBT equality & religious freedom legislation?
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