Last week, FACT sent a message to supporters claiming that the “Special Access to Discriminate” Act (HB600) would keep straight white male sexual predators from assaulting little girls in womens’ restrooms. The Family Action Council forwarded a ridiculous fear mongering video showing a bearded man follow a girl into a women’s restroom to trick supporters into calling on members of the House Subcommittee on Commerce to vote for HB600.
The SAD Act will not protect children from assault in public restrooms. Parents and law enforcement do that.
It’s also worth noting the hypocrisy of William Morgan, Board Chairman of the Family Action Council of Tennessee and CEO of Nashville-based industrial equipment manufacturer John Bouchard & Sons. Morgan warned that the Contract Accountability Non-Discrimination Ordinance which passed in Nashville Metro Council on Tuesday night would interfere with the free marketplace. However, the Nashville Scene reports that Morgan’s company has been an approved contractor with Louisville, Kentucky since 2008. Louisville and Jefferson County enacted city- and county-wide LGBT inclusive workplace protections in 1999. Morgan’s company has done business with Louisville since 2008. Workplace equality policies in Louisville have not kept Morgan’s company from doing business there. So why not in Tennessee?
It’s unfortunate that the false witness of FACT gained traction in the subcommittee which voted on Wednesday, April 6 to pass HB600 on to the full House Commerce Committee.
We must act today to protect the Contract Accountability Non-Discrimination Ordinance enacted in Nashville on April 5 and the expansion of equality in the workplace elsewhere in our state by contacting the House Committee on Commerce before it votes on HB600 on Tuesday, April 12.
If you live in or near a district of one of the following House Commerce Committee members, use the numbers below to call them during regular business hours and convey one of the following messages:
HB600 will lead to million dollar losses in tourism and sales tax revenues in Tennessee. I am counting on my Representative to vote NO on HB600!
HB600 will accelerate the migration of college-educated youth, skilled workers and entrepreneurs out of Tennessee. Vote no on HB600!
HB600 will allow workplace discrimination in our local communities will make all of Tennessee less attractive to the best workers, entrepreneurs and businesses who want to live and work in our communities. Vote no on HB0600!
Be sure to ask your Representative how they plan to vote on HB600. Then contact TEP at Jonathan@tnequalityproject.com to let us know what you learned. Share this post with your friends and family via email, Facebook and Twitter.
Representative District Phone (615)
Montgomery, Richard District 12 741-5981
Pitts, Joe District 67 741-2043
Powers, Dennis District 36 741-3335
Ragan, John District 33 741-4400
Swann, Art District 8 741-5481
Curtiss, Charles District 43 741-1963
Elam, Linda District 57 741-7462
Favors, Joanne District 29 741-2702
Gilmore, Brenda District 54 741-1997
Hardaway, G. A. District 92 741-5625
Harmon, Bill W. District 37 741-6849
Haynes, Ryan A. District 14 741-2264
Johnson, Curtis G. District 68 741-4341
Johnson, Phillip District 78 741-7477
Lundberg, Jon District 1 741-7623
Marsh, Pat District 62 741-6824
Matlock, Jimmy District 21 741-3736
McManus, Steve District 96 741-1920
Miller, Don District 10 741-6877
Pody, Mark District 46 741-7086
Roach, Dennis E. District 35 741-2534
Sargent, Charles District 61 741-6808
Sexton, Cameron District 25 741-2343
Shepard, David District 69 741-3513
Sontany, Janis Baird District 53 741-6861
Todd, Curry District 95 741-1866
Towns, Joe , Jr. District 84 741-2189
Williams, Kent District 4 741-7450
Wirgau, Tim District 75 741-6804