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Petitioning Representative Janis Sontany and 28 others

Stop dirty tricks from creating a haven for intolerance in Tennessee


David Fowler of the Family Action Council of Tennessee and other radical extremists are desperately trying to pass a lie off as the truth in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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 included a ridiculous fear mongering video in the message 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 onto 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 Tennessee, use this petition to send a  message to the House Commerce Committee before Tuesday, April 12

Letter to
Representative Janis Sontany
State Representative Joseph Pitts
State Representative Dennis Roach
and 26 others
State Representative Charles Curtiss
State Representative Mary Littleton
State Representative Dale Carr
State Representative Curtis Johnson
State Representative Billy Spivey
State Representative Ryan Haynes
State Representative Pat Marsh
State Representative Susan Lynn
State Representative Tilman Goins
State Representative John Ragan
State Representative Charles Sargent
State Representative Brenda Gilmore
State Representative Mike Carter
Representative Cameron Sexton
Representative Art Swann
Representative Curry Todd
Representative Joe Towns
Representative Kent Williams
Representative Tim Wirgau
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Representative David Sexton
State Representative Dawn White
State Representative Steve McManus
State Representative Jimmy Matlock
State Representative Jon Lundberg
State Representative Mark Pody
I am writing to ask you to vote against HB600 in the House Committee on Commerce.

Don't believe the false information spread by supporters of this bill. HB600 will do real harm to Tennessee in the following ways:

1. HB600 will lead to million dollar losses in tourism and sales tax revenues in Tennessee.

2. HB600 will accelerate the migration of college-educated youth, skilled workers and entrepreneurs out of Tennessee.

3. HB600 will make all of Tennessee less attractive to the best workers, entrepreneurs and businesses who want to live and work in our communities.

I am counting on you to vote NO on HB600!


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