Last week, Memphis Gaydar reported that Franklin, Tennessee Republican state representative Glen Casada withdrew his bill banning Tennessee cities from passing non-discrimination ordinances protecting LGBT employees of city contractors.
Casada's decision to withdraw the so-called "Special Access to Discriminate" Act is a temporary move giving him time to lobby the bill's opponents, one of whom is Cordova Republican Representative Steve McManus.
Now the Tennessee Equality Project is urging LBGT equality advocates to sign a petition thanking McManus "for opposing big government intrusion into local affairs."
Apparently, the Memphis Tea Party and the Family Action Council of Tennessee are actively pressuring McManus into voting for another version of the act in the House Subcommittee on Commerce. According to an email from TEP, "[McManus] needs to hear from equality and labor advocates and proponents of small government alike that we support his firm stand against HB0598 and HB0600."
Click here to sign the petition.