TN Gov. Bill Haslam After Signing LGBT Discrimination Bill Says He’s Not In Favor of Discrimination

Now that  Nissan, FedEx, AT&T, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, KPMG, Whirlpool, Embraer, Alcoa, and United HealthCare  who worked for MONTHS with the religious right and the GOP to pass HB600, an anti-gay bill prohibiting local municipalities from enacting their own anti – LGBT discrimination statutes have come out against it. (Which they came out against only came out against HB600 AFTER they were BUSTED and it was too late)  Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam who signed the hate law making it official in typical GOP weasel form had went on record as saying:

“We’re not in favor of discrimination in any form at all. We encourage businesses to put that into their policies themselves. We just think that businesses should get to decide for themselves what they have in their policies.”

That’s basically the same argument made by Aqua Buddha moron Rand Paul about civil rights legislation in the 60’s:  Business will do the right thing in order to succeed in the marketplace.  (And I’ll marry David W. Ross)

But he did come out against discrimination after the fact.  Just like those 13 companies did after they were busted and the Human Rights Campaign gave them a pass but Haslam better not hold his breath. 

You see unlike some of the companies involved in pushing HB600.  Haslam isn’t a sponsor and doesn’t donate to the HRC.


Will Kohler

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