Kelsey Pulls Sponsorship of 'Turn the Gays Away' Bill

Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, has pulled his sponsorship of a bill designed to protect persons or religious organizations (both for-profit and non-profit) that choose to deny services or goods in conjunction with a civil union, domestic partnership, or gay marriage less than a week after filing it. SB 2566, dubbed "Turn the Gays Away" Bill by equality advocates, is moving forward with a new Senate sponsor, Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville. On the House side, the bill is sponsored by Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville. The bill has been placed on the Judiciary Committee calendar, which Kelsey chairs. The Memphis Flyer has more.