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Tennessee Anti-Gay Law Challenged

By Charlotte Robinson, May 26, 2011
The nasty unconstitutional law that was recently passed
in Tennessee against our LGBT community is being legally
challenged. Nashville Attorney Abby Rubenfeld, a former
legal director of Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund
is planning a lawsuit challenging the new anti-gay Tennessee
law that prohibits local government from creating anti-
discrimination laws that are stricter than protections laid
out by the state government. Sponsors & supporters said the
bill is all about making it easier to do business in Tennessee.
However opponents believe this homophobic legislation is
just aimed to derail Nashville’s efforts to protect gays &
lesbians in the workplace. On April 5th the Nashville Metro
Council adopted new rules that added “sexual orientation”
& “gender identity” to its protected classes. The new law
overturns the Nashville ordinance & prohibits all Tennessee
municipalities from enacting similar protections for LGBT
people. Gov. Bill Haslam signed the bill into law on Monday.
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1 comment:

Abby Rubenfeld said...

It’s just silly, this is motivated by animosity towards the gay community and the United States Supreme Court has made clear that this is not an acceptable basis for a statue. While the bill was targeted at gays and lesbians, it would also impact other groups, including veterans, disabled persons, or any other group that does not fit within the state’s non-discrimination law. Under Tennessee state law it is illegal to discriminate against a person because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age or national origin. Various communities all over the state have protections from discrimination based on disability, those are gone now. Disabled people don’t have protections under local governments.

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