|Rep. Glen Casada of Williamson Co.|
The SAD Act passed along mostly partisan lines, but the sponsor endured some intensive questioning and remarks from Representatives G.A. Hardaway of Memphis and Brenda Gilmore of Nashville. Take a moment to thank them at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Rep. Hardaway asked the bill's sponsor to explain why the bill was needed:
There has been no substantial ..... or barrage of complaints from business? Nobody's done a study indicating that we're losing businesses out of Tennessee, businesses that are unable to do business with certain cities, or unwilling to do business?
|Rep. G.A. Hardaway of Shelby Co.|
|Rep. Brenda Gilmore of Davidson Co.|
Committee debate leaves no doubt that there is simply no rational basis for HB600. There is no compelling state interest in prohibiting local governments from extending LGBT-inclusive workplace protections to employees of tax payer funded contractors. Bias against LGBT people is the sole motivation behind voting for the SAD Act.
The SAD Act is headed to the House Calendar and Rules Committee after today's recommendation for passsage. Tennessee Equality Project will continue to fight this legislation in the House and Senate. At this time, we ask you to take action in two ways:
- CONTACT Governor Haslam and his administration to encourage the Governor to oppose and ultimately veto this harmful legislation.
- Make a DONATION in support of TEP's work to defend the equal rights of LGBT people and their families link.