Nashville Trumps Memphis On Gay Rights

Posted by Bianca Phillips on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 2:37 PM

On Tuesday night, Nashville/Davidson County's Metro Council approved a bill on first reading that would extend the metro area's nondiscrimination policy to companies that contract with the city.

The bill passed with a vote of 22 to 13, and it would require companies that contract with Nashville/Davidson County to adopt non-discrimination policies covering sexual orientation and gender identity. According to a story in Nashville's City Paper, some council members voted for the bill out of respect for the three-reading legislative process, but future readings are expected to bring out more opposition from council conservatives.

In the summer of 2009, Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy attempted to impose a nondiscrimination policy on companies that contract with the county. But Mulroy's ordinance was compromised down to apply only to county employees. This past summer, Janis Fullilove brought a similar resolution to the Memphis City Council, but it was removed from the agenda for lack of support.

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Teh old south is evolving. Despite the presence of so many evangelical churches whose roots are in justifying slavery etc, the south is changing.

Marriage rights (not rites-thats rightfully the churches business) have a long way to go, but progress is progress.

Jesus told us in his second of only two commandments to "love thy neighbor as thyself."

Now more and more people are listening. Good for them.

Posted by SJames on 01/20/2011 at 2:10 AM

The state legislature is planning to trump Nashville on this one with legislation that would bar local communities from enacting these types of non-discrimination ordinances. Stay tuned for part 2 of the Jethro Show.

Posted by Packrat on 01/20/2011 at 8:50 AM

Well the legislature can try, but it seems to me that it would be unconstitutional....…

Posted by sm on 01/23/2011 at 11:11 AM
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