Appeal Filed in Nashville Nondiscrimination Case

Plaintiffs who sued the state over a law that overturned a Nashville nondiscrimination ordinance filed a lengthy appellate brief on Friday, the Tennessean reports. Nashville’s ordinance, enacted in 2011, extended the city’s ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity to the employees of city contractors. A suit was filed challenging the law but a lower court ruled the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue because they failed to show harm. Since then, the plaintiffs argue, the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act opens new avenues to examine such laws.