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(response to state of Tennessee nullifying Nashville's LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance)

After harassing law firms, sports figures, restaurants, and average Americans, homosexual activists are starting to show the public what they really are. Intolerant. Lawmakers in Tennessee witnessed the bullying firsthand, when the state tried to stop policies that are bad for business and worse for the economy. The Left had been trying to use local governments to demand special employment rights for gays and lesbians. Yesterday, Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law that will keep private companies from being held hostage by homosexual activists.

Starting this month, cities and counties can no longer adopt anti-discrimination policies that are stricter than state law. It all started with a Nashville city ordinance that required private government contractors to give special preference to gays in lesbians in hiring and firing decisions. By signing SB 632 into law, Gov. Haslam erased the Nashville measure and freed up companies to run their businesses the way they see fit. Thanks to local pastors and former state Sen. David Fowler at the Family Action Council of Tennessee, employers will be the ones dictating office policy--not the liberal government

Tony Perkins, Joe. My. God. 48 Comments [5/30/2011 11:55:07 AM]
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Percy Q. Shunn


5/30/2011 8:34:29 PM

nazani14

I suspect the fact that most gays born in southern states head north or west as soon as they're 18 is one reason why the South remains such an economic sinkhole.

5/30/2011 8:48:03 PM

Osiris

What are these policies and how are they bad for business? This is why being a politician for the religious cows is great. Just like when in church, they aren't going to question anything you say so you can say whatever you like, just as long as if it's with complete assurance that you are right, then they will just conclude that you are right and soak up your words.

At least liberals are far more likely to do something as simple as ask a question. And again, just like in Church, if someone actually does have to balls to ask an actual question at a Town Hall meeting populated by the religious right, then that person is very quickly going to find themselves escorted outside.

And you can see this all over Fox News. Where as real news programs have to cite their sources and claims, Fox reporters will often just say something, unsupported, as if it were indisputable truth. For a long time any time any one were to mention the President's stimulus project they had to preface it with the word "failed". Of course the stimulus plan didn't fail, but that doesn't matter because the sheer weight of Fox anchors and reports saying it did fail without citation lead many views of Fox News to believe the stimulus plan was a failure.

5/30/2011 8:49:04 PM

NoE

Mech - +12

5/30/2011 10:19:32 PM

Raised by Horses

Imagine that. Why, they'd have the right not to get fired over whom they prefer to go to bed with, just like us heterosexuals.

Special priviliges indeed!

5/30/2011 10:31:52 PM

loki

Sometimes I ask myself why the US is still fighting al Qaida and the Taliban. While many states are becoming more and more like them

5/30/2011 11:21:46 PM

WMDKitty

Okay, then you can't whine and throw a tantrum next time a Christ-stain is "persecuted" (read: "fired for being an insufferable dick to cow-irkers.)

5/31/2011 12:13:30 AM



So, if they demand to be treated like human beings it means...........intolerance?. I wonder what's his opinion on the Civil rights.

5/31/2011 2:06:18 AM

LDM

Newsflash, Tony-Federal law still prohibits discrimination in the workplace, no matter what local laws are passed (or repealed), you still can't fire someone for being gay.


5/31/2011 2:23:39 AM

towey

I think it should be the most qualified people for the job that should be hired. Sexual orientation should be irrelevant.

5/31/2011 2:45:43 AM

shykid

@GigaGuess:

"dance on his desk in a jockstrap"

...mrrow!

5/31/2011 2:53:39 AM

Mister Spak

" By signing SB 632 into law"

You are cheering on nanny statery? You support more regulations from distant state capitols? What happened to the people governing themselves?

5/31/2011 5:02:24 AM

GigaGuess

@shykid

I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the image a moment or two before moving on. :p

5/31/2011 5:56:43 AM

JSS

Anti-gay hiring/firing practices are legalized in the name of employer freedom...

Religion is still not grounds for hiring/firing decisions...

And apparantly it's only the Christians that deal with legalized persecution...

Interesting.

5/31/2011 6:17:53 AM

TheReasonator

I thought the right was supposed to be for state's rights. State's rights is part of "decentralization" and "localization". Logically(not like the right has any of that anyways) they should support the right of cities to do what they want.

5/31/2011 7:27:59 AM

Pup

Yeah, calling 'intolerance' doesn't automatically make it bad. Intolerance of discrimination is a good thing.

5/31/2011 8:05:31 AM

awitch

1996 Supreme Court ruling in Romer v Evans decided that local governments could not pass anti-discrimination laws that differed from sate laws.

5/31/2011 8:26:45 AM

Professor M

@ LDM --

Only a few sorts of employment discrimination are banned at the Federal level. Discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression is still perfectly legal in terms of Federal law, though a number of states have prohibited it (or at least the "sexual orientation" bit -- trans people and people who are insufficiently gender-conformist are still vulnerable in most states).

5/31/2011 10:29:38 AM

Steven Mading

Ah yes - the proof comes out again that the Christian right-wing is lying when it says it supports having more localized decisions in government policy, and that it is against big government. It's a mantra they like to spew a lot, but the real reason for saying it is that traditionally they have had a majority in local governments but not state and federal governments, so they liked the local decisions to trump the decisions of bigger government. The moment that situation was reversed, and they had more control over state and federal than local governments, they immediately started singing another tune and putting into place laws where the state government trumps the local government.

Anti-big-government my ass. They favor big government if it's their guys in charge of it. It's the same garbage they're trying to pull in my home state of Wisconsin right now - with the state government telling towns and cities they are not allowed to raise their own funds locally for public schools - the state wants those schools defunded and they MUST be defunded regardless of what the locals think - and the locals are not even allowed to vote to tax THEMSELVES higher to make up the difference for their own local school districts. Even if the local municipalities are willing to take the hit to pay the difference when the state funding goes away - they're actually not allowed to. They are required to instead watch their local school system turn to shit just like the state legislature demanded - just in time for them to try to channel the public school funds over into religious schools.







5/31/2011 2:26:37 PM

Fundies Make Me Sick

So homophobes got their view into law in Tennessee. How sad.

6/1/2011 4:26:05 PM

THE LORD

Gays in lesbians???

6/1/2011 6:48:58 PM

HomelessWithCheese

Sometimes I feel embarrassed to live in Nashville.

10/2/2012 12:16:42 AM

Anon-e-moose

"By signing SB 632 into law, Gov. Haslam erased the Nashville measure and freed up companies to run their businesses the way they see fit. Thanks to local pastors and former state Sen. David Fowler at the Family Action Council of Tennessee, employers will be the ones dictating office policy--not the liberal government"

Disposable employees...:



...disposable economies.

And now you know why the likes of Disney, Pepsico et al know why they ignore the buying power of the Pink Pound/Dollar/Euro/(*insert currency of your choice here*) at their peril. Two words: Disposable incomes. You try explaining to the shareholders at the next AGM, why there's such a shortfall in profits, and thus dividends? I think you'll find that - even in these financially fragile times - the most bigoted people suddenly become hyper-pro-LGBT.

Mammon, or God, Mammon or God...? Well, when those bills start coming in better start praying...! >:D

10/2/2012 6:27:46 AM
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