Janis Ian, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and a longtime Nashville resident, expressed disappointment after Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law a bill that voided the city's new LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance.
The Nashville city ordinance, passed in April, barred companies that contract with the city from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. "The anti-discrimination ordinance was just one example of our city's desire to do what is right, rather than what is expedient," Ian said.
But the new law -- one that had been supported by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry prior to a national uproar by gay bloggers and advocates -- prohibits cities from passing nondiscrimination ordinances that are stricter than state law.
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