Nashville Politician Says LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws Choke Businesses (GayRights)
This week, Nashville's Metro Council held a marathon of a meeting. And though a big chunk of it was dedicated to debate over whether to destroy a racetrack at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds (an issue that brought out one of the biggest crowds in years, proving that racing fans aren't afraid to get their politics on), a major LGBT issue factored into the meeting as well.
That issue is whether the Metro government of Nashville should extend an anti-discrimination ordinance inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity to vendors and contractors in the city. If passed, it would mean that no business could contract with the city, unless they agreed to protect LGBT employees from discrimination.
What fueled debate on this issue is the controversy that emerged at Belmont University late in 2010, after a lesbian soccer coach was terminated suspiciously. Her players argued that she was fired because she was a lesbian and because she was getting ready to have a baby with her partner, and they pointed to the fact that Belmont doesn't have a policy prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
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