Tennessee Governor Bill Halscomb: "There’s Already Too Much Regulation To Start Protecting Gays"

Republican Governor of Tennesse Bill Haslam’s name became synonymous with homophobia and bigotry in the past few months when he  a bill not only overturning Nashville’s LGBT non-discrimination protections but ushering in a law that would stop any city or town i the state from enacting discrimination protections for it’s LGBT community.

Nashville City Paper’s Jeff Woods talked with Haslam said said while he doesn’t think businesses should discriminate against people based on sexual orientation, businesses already have “plenty of regulation” from the government and don’t need more andf that he would be against adding sexual orientation as a protected class in the state’s laws.

Haslam also went onto admit that the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, whose members included representatives from FedEx, AT&T, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, KPMG, Whirlpool, Embraer, Alcoa, and United HealthCare supported the discriminatory bill right up until he signed it, then immediately changed their position. (because they were found out)  But, Haslam says, if they had changed their position sooner, he still probably would have signed it.

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Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. 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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