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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Metro Nashville Council District 28: A reminder of what's at stake

Elections have consequences. If you live in district 28 in the Antioch area, you should be well aware. If not, here's a reminder.

Back in April, Bill Tedder emailed Councilman Duane Dominy, who represents him, about the Contract Accountability Non-Discrimination Ordinance. Despite the overwhelming volume of email in support of the bill compared to those opposed, Councilman Dominy appealed to an imagined majority in Nashville in his response and based his justification on the view that some religious groups don't like some sexual practices:

Dear Bill,
Thanks again for sharing. Even with the duplicates from proponents, those that oppose this ordinance far outnumber supporters. While I agree "our tax dollars should support workplace fairness and not discrimination," this ordinance did not reach that goal. It blatantly violates the religious liberties protected in our constitution. It uses tax dollars to promote a sexual practice that is considered morally wrong by most mainstream religions and the majority of residents of this city and district. As a result of the two issues above and limited suppliers within the state for a few departments, it also endangers some essential city services.While we differ on this issue, I appreciate your input and willingness to share it. Again, I welcome you to sign-up to receive the District 28 email newsletter. These are sent a few times per month and include district events and news of interest as well as a direct link for resident to communicate with me. And best of all, they cost $0 tax dollars to communicate with hundreds of district residents with little environmental impact. You may simply reply to this email to request being added.

Respectfully, Duane
Duane DominyDistrict 28 Councilman

I don't fault Councilman Dominy for his tone. While his meaning is quite offensive, he is at least polite and responsive to Bill's email. But the fact remains that he has no problem with the job discrimination endured by some Davidson County citizens.

It's been a consistent theme during his term on Council. Consider this exchange with a former constituent, Bill Newsome, on the 2009 non-discrimination ordinance that protects Metro Government employees.

Advocates of sensible measures to address workplace discrimination need to be aware of his record and turn out to vote.

-Chris Sanders

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