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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Tennessee Law HB600 Which Prohibits LGBT Protection Laws

Marisa Richmond, named plaintiff and lobbyist for Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition/TTPC and representative for Tennessee Equality Project/TEP, has stated in an email that the case Howe v. Haslam a lawsuit brought against Tennesse’s HB600 the “Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act” which was signed  into law on May 23, 2011  that prevents any municipality from extending non-discrimination protections to LGBT people because Tennessee state law does not currently cover sexual orientation or gender identity as a protected class has been dismissed.

Chancellor Carol L. McCoy dismissed the case on Friday, June 15, 2012 because Richmond and the TTCP did not acknowledge a very important part of the law, “(b) Subsection (a) shall not apply with respect to employees of a local government” and instead misrepresented it as that it did i fact target local government employees and all employers.

Chancellor McCoy dismissed the entire case because there is no evidence that any of the plaintiffs have suffered due to the law specifically, or as previous court record shows “the Court Finds No Controversy or Justiciable Injuries in This Matter.

Source:  The Examiner


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