Tennessee GOP Gov. Signs Anti-Gay LGBT Protections Bill – All Statewide Pro LGBT Ordinances Now Banned

Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law on Monday night a bill that would prohibit local governments from creating anti-discrimination laws that are stricter than protections laid out by the state government. The law was specifically made to target a recently enacted Nashville ordinance that banned city contractors from discriminating against gay, lesbian and transgender people which will now be repealed. 

Under Tennessee state law it is illegal to discriminate against a person because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age or national origin. BUT NOT sexual orientation.

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce — chaired by Nissan, and whose other board members include such companies as Nissan, FedEx, AT&T, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, KPMG, Whirlpool, Embraer, Alcoa, and United HealthCare — actively lobbied for the bill.

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