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Tennessee Legislature Essentially Okays Statewide Discrimination

Tennessee Legislature Essentially Okays Statewide Discrimination

In response to an ordinance banning LGBT discrimination in Nashville, the Tennessee legislature has passed a bill that bans all cities and counties from enacting non-discrimination ordinances. SB 632/HB 600 now heads to the desk of Republican governor Bill Haslam.

In response to an ordinance banning LGBT discrimination in Nashville, the Tennessee legislature has passed a bill that bans all cities and counties from enacting non-discrimination ordinances.

The bill prohibits localities from adopting all anti-discrimination laws, including those based on race, religion, sex, and age. The Human Rights Campaign says the Tennessee legislature took action on the bill after Nashville's gay-inclusive law was recently enacted.

SB 632/HB 600 now heads to the desk of Republican governor Bill Haslam.

"Limiting the rights and protections cities and counties can provide their own citizens is fundamentally unjust," HRC president Joe Solmonese said in a press release.

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