HRC Gives Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Companies Behind TN Anti-Gay Bill A PASS!

Get ready to blow a gasket.

The Human Rights Campaign issued a statement last night reacting to GOP Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslams signing of an ANTI-LGBT Discrimination Bill – SB 632/HB 600 which overturns which not only overturns Nashville’s non-discrimination ordinance but also  effectively outlaws all local LGBT rights laws statewide as it bans any discrimination protections not already offered by the state of Tennessee.

The Bill was originally backed by the religious right, the GOP, and the Tennessee Chamber Of Commerce, which consists of Nissan, FedEx, AT&T, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, KPMG, Whirlpool, Embraer, Alcoa, and United HealthCare.  But  HRC seems its okay to just blame the Governor and to absolve the TCC and the companies which backed the Bill  because SOME apologized and came out against it ONLY AFTER BEING CAUGHT AND IT WAS TOO LATE TO DO ANY GOOD!

HRC: In an apparent attempt to score cheap political points, Tenn. Governor Bill Haslam has ignored the business community and signed into law a bill that wipes out county and city anti-discrimination laws, despite the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry reversing their earlier support and now opposing the bill. The measure – SB 632/HB 600 – passed the legislature last week and was designed to remove protections for LGBT Tennesseans by prohibiting cities and counties from enacting discrimination bans. Since there are no state protections for sexual orientation or gender identity, the Governor’s signature of this bill becomes a green light for anti-LGBT discrimination across the state. 

So there we have it.  HRC is now providing cover to the TN Chamber and those companies that ACTIVELY met with the GOP and the religious right and lobbied for this. Could it be because many of the companies involved have a HIGH HRC Equality Index Score and have donated to HRC in the past?
HRC should b disgraced because it is a disgrace.   Don’t buy into their bullshit with the above statement.  To not blame the companies involved and mount an action against them is another PRIME EXAMPLE of  HRC’s utter incompetence, lack of backbone and how instead of being totally committed to the LGBT community they are only in it for themselves and the corporate money they can raise.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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