published Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Bill bans Nashville measure against gay bias

NASHVILLE — Legislation overturning Metro Nashville’s anti-gay bias ordinance is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam for his consideration after House members gave final approval to the measure today.

House members concurred on a minor Senate amendment on a 70-26 vote.

The Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act bans cities and counties from requiring government contractors to drop anti-gay policies.

For compete coverage, see Thursday’s Times Free Press.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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u4icmusic said...

Why would the republicans in charge want to allow anti-gay discrimination in this state? Gays are a minority that already suffers enough from bullying, job and housing discrimination, a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Enough already with the laws bashing and trashing gays. They pay taxes and are a part of the fabric of Tennessee. This is what happens when too many republicans get into office. They run on fiscal issues, then when they get into office, they gut gay rights, unions and the middle class.

May 18, 2011 at 1:34 p.m.
u4icmusic said...

Because it's your choice to smoke and be overweight. You are born gay, but you are not born a smoker and you are not born fat.

May 18, 2011 at 3:01 p.m.
grandmastaj said...

Good lord. By 2050, this state will be burning women at the stake for witchcraft.

May 18, 2011 at 5:24 p.m.
hambone said...

Republican social engineering?

May 18, 2011 at 7:02 p.m.
Humphrey said...

republicans are all for local people making the rules they want to make without outside people telling them what they can or can't do.

May 18, 2011 at 8:54 p.m.
ceeweed said...

Fear the evil homosexual! Booga, booga, booga!

May 18, 2011 at 11:24 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

Most of the 70+ who voted for this will look you in the face and declare thy are Christians, more like the priest in the Good Samaritan parable. This is quite unbelievable, maybe the all need to move back to Dayton.

May 19, 2011 at 12:35 a.m.
Facts said...

The headline should be "TN Legislature stops political agenda in Nashville". If any company did business with Nashville, your policy would have to favor hiring gays. There are already laws against discimination. This carved out one single group to force an agenda. Get it right.

May 19, 2011 at 8:11 a.m.
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