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Petitioning Senior Manager, Brand PR, Whirlpool Monica Teague and 13 others

Tell AT&T, Nissan, Comcast, and FedEx to withdraw their support for anti-gay legislation


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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Letter to
Senior Manager, Brand PR, Whirlpool Monica Teague
Senior Manager, Nissan Corporation  Stephanie Valdez-Streaty
Caterpiller
and 11 others
Director, Communications, Global Primary Products, Aloca Sonya Elam
Media Relations, Blue Cross Blue Shield Brett Lieberman
Embraer
Corporate Responsibility Media Relations, Pfizer Jennifer Kokell
Vice President, Corporate Communications, Nissan David P. Reuter
State Regulatory/Legislative AT&T Sarah Harsh
Vice President for Governmental Relations, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Bradley A. Jackson
President, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Deborah K. Woolley
Media Relations FedEx
KPMG, Head of Media Relations Julie Bannerjea
Media Relations, Southeast Region,United Healthcare  Tracey Lempner
The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, for which you are a member, actively lobbied for the passage of a bill that would remove vital protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. This is bill is bad for business and bad for Tennessee.

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.