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By Tara Cavanaugh
NASHVILLE- Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam signed a controversial bill into law Monday night that bans cities from creating anti-discrimination policies that are stricter than state anti-discrimination law.
The city that will be affected by the bill, HB 600/SB 632, is Nashville, which bans discrimination on the basis of sexual identity or gender expression. It is not illegal to discriminate against citizens on the basis of sexual identity or gender expression in the state of Tennessee, so this new law renders Nashville’s ban void.
The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, whose board is full of leaders from national corporations, originally supported the new law. But after it was signed and was widely circulated as an anti-gay law, it reversed its support.
The Tennessean reported a Chamber of Commerce statement Monday:
“The Tennessee Chamber supports a standard regulatory environment at the state level as opposed to potentially conflicting local regulations covering employment practices.
“That principle was the only interest the Chamber had in this bill. Because (the bill) has turned into a debate on diversity and inclusiveness principles, which we support, we are now officially opposing this legislation in its present form.”
Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese released a statement about the new law on Monday night: “Discrimination should have no place in the Volunteer State and the Chamber’s opposition to this law sent a strong signal that corporations are on the leading edge of positive change. In contrast, Gov. Haslam has put discrimination ahead of the state’s values and even business interests by signing this horrible legislation.”