In response to Bellevue Baptist Church pastor Steve Gaines' anti-equality comments, the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) is calling on LGBT supporters to cast their early vote at Bellevue on Saturday, Sept. 24th at noon.
In a newsletter to Bellevue members, Gaines asked congregants to "educate themselves regarding the most recent attempts of the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) to advance their homosexual activist agenda." He was referring to TEP's endorsement of Memphis City Council candidates who supported the defeated non-discrimination ordinance last year or have been outspoken advocates for LGBT rights. Gaines warned church members that TEP is attempting to unseat councilmen who "stand for preserving family values."
Bellevue Baptist is an early voting location, and now, TEP is asking their supporters to show Gaines a "real pro-family vote" by casting their votes at Bellevue for candidates who support LGBT rights. They're asking advocates to wear purple and show up between noon and 1 p.m.
For more on the event, check out the Facebook page.