The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce actively lobbied for the passage of a bill that would remove vital protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. As AmericaBlog and others have highlighted, this bill is bad for business and bad for Tennessee.
The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors includes the following major corporations:
Alcoa, AT&T, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, Comcast, DuPont, Embraer, FedEx, KPMG, Nissan, Pfizer, United HealthCare, and Whirlpool.
Tell the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and these companies to immediately withdraw their support for this horribile bill. Discrimination is bad for business and bad for Tennessee.
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We demand that you issue an immediate statement withdrawing your support for HB 600/SB 632, and that you tell Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto this bill.
This bill was written by the religious right to remove critical civil rights protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens.
The corporations that serve on the Board of Directors span the country. Many of your employees are protected by state level non-discrimination policies in states that protect people based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Why would you want to treat you employees differently based on where they live?
Non-discrimination laws are good for business. They attract and retain the best talent. States that have these laws flourish, and so do their businesses. It is time for Tennessee to move forward so they can compete. Bills like this only make Tennessee less competitive.
Please issue your statement immediately. Time is running out for Tennessee's hard working people.