House Passes Business Discrimination Bill

The Tennessee House overwhelmingly approved a bill last week that supporters say would protect people from discrimination and critics call a “license to discriminate," The Nashville Post reports. The bill, carried by Rep. Jason Zachary, R-Knoxville, “prohibits state and local governmental entities from taking discriminatory action against a business based on that business's internal policies.” LGBTQ advocates have been the most forceful opponents of the bill, with Tennessee Equality Project executive director Chris Sanders calling the bill a “clear swipe at the LGBTQ community, since we are not already protected by federal and state law in employment, housing and public accommodations.”
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