Defeat the anti-LGBT Special Access to Discriminate Act in the Tennessee Senate

Defeat the anti-LGBT Special Access to Discriminate Act in the Tennessee Senate

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The Senate State and Local Government Committee voted to support intolerance and bigotry on May 9 by recommending passage of SB632 - the “Special Access to Discriminate” Act.

The SAD Act would repeal workplace provisions recently enacted by Nashville Metro Government that protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

SB632 will deny employees of Nashville Metro contractors any protection from being fired because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Some Nashville contractors do business in Memphis, Jackson, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Knoxville and Kingsport. So the repeal of Nashville's ordinance affects employees statewide.

This ugly bill sends a mean-spirited message that reflects poorly on Tennessee.

Send a message to the Tennessee Senate opposing SB632 and share this petition with your friends by email, Facebook, and Twitter.


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    Reasons for signing

    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Proposed laws like this demonstrate what bigots many of our "representatives" and business leaders are.

    • Chris Sanders NASHVILLE, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      Please, vote NO. There is a lot of misinformation about the Metro Nashville ordinance that this bill is designed to repeal. 1. The Metro ordinance has an exemption for religious organizations. 2. The Metro ordinance does not force business to write a new policy. They simply have to sign an affidavit saying they will not discriminate while they are under contract with Metro. 3. The ordinance does not apply to businesses with fewer than 15 employees.

      Any business in this state can set the terms of its contracts. Why shouldn't cities and counties have the same authority, especially when their elected bodies make a policy change?

      Please, read the ordinance before you vote on this bill

      Thank you!

    • B. Allan Ross SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Tennessee might as well call this the Special Invitation to Boycott Tennessee, because if this passes that is what will happen, beginning immediately upon enactment (or before). Stop this or save your money Tennessee, you are going to get a lot poorer than you already are!

    • Dustin Bryson KNOXVILLE, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      The Special Access to Discriminate Act will allow unfair discrimination in the workplace to persist in Tennessee. Vote no on SB632

    • David Hamrick MEMPHIS, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      The "Special Access to Discriminate" Act is truly a horrifying step backwards for th estate of Tennessee and people who are working in good faith to make Tennessee a more attractive place for highly talented and highly educated people to live and work. Cities have the right to set anti-discrimination laws that are higher than the thresholds established by either the state or federal government. Nashville is, very rightly, enacting this law in response to a terrible incident at Belmont University, which set a pregnant woman out on the street based on her honest and forthright disclosures to her students. The state legislature is full of no-talent hacks -- get them out of Nashville's business!


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