Friday, May 13, 2011

Tennessee: You Win Some, You Lose Some

The good news:

Tennessee's remarkably stupid "Don't Say Gay" bill vote has been postponed until next Wednesday and hopefully won't be voted on until possibly next year.  Metropulse reports:

"SB 49, of course, is our own Sen. Stacey Campfield's beloved "Don't Say Gay" bill. (The bill is less beloved by our other state senator, Jamie Woodson, who was the only Republican to vote against it in committee). The full Senate was supposed to vote on the bill April 28, then May 5, then May 9, then yesterday, then today. Now, according to Tennesseean reporter Chas Sisk, Campfield pulled the bill from the floor today and reset it for a vote on next Wednesday's calendar."

The likelihood of it getting voted on this year is getting slimmer and slimmer, with the chances of it hitting the governor's desk and getting signed is well-nigh impossible.  Yay for Tennesseeans!  You get to say gay for at least another year!

But now, the bad news:  

The bill mandating that all Tennessee city governments hate gays as much the state government does has passed.  This bill's introduction was the result of a non-discrimination ordinance being passed in Nashville protecting gay employees.  From the Daily Reporter:

"The proposal would void a Nashville ordinance barring companies that discriminate against gays and lesbians from doing business with the city.

"Under state law it is illegal to discriminate against a person because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age or national origin.

"The Nashville ordinance prohibits companies that discriminate because of sexual orientation or gender identity from receiving city contracts. It does not apply to local governments' hiring policies for their own workers."

What a mean-spirited move of asshattery.  I will never understand how it is acceptable to people to discriminate against gay employees-- preserving the ability to take away someone's livelihood based on their sexual orientation is disgusting.  

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