AmericaBlog is reporting Tennessee bill HB600/SB632, a law that will repeal all non-discrimination ordinances covering LGBTs in Tennessee has been signed by Republican Governor Bill Haslam. And by the way, under-reported, including by me, was a provision to strip transgender people from being able to change their sex legally. Clearly, an issue of vital important to the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce.
The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, which actively worked for this bill has had a deathbed conversion and mere moments before the Governor signed it issue a statement condemning it:
“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 HB600/SB632 has turned into a debate on diversity and inclusiveness-principles which we support-we are now officially opposing this legislation in its present form.”
Adopted unanimously May 23, 2011
DEB WOOLLEY, PRESIDENT
TENNESSEE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY
Isn’t that special. So the Chamber of Commerce is against it after being for it, after the executioner already flipped the switch.
Sorry, guys, you conceived this baby, you actively worked to pass it, you brought this child of Satan into the world. A bill you now agree is awful.
I’m sorry, Chamber of Commerce, your 11th hour conversion is curious, considering each member of the board was individually warned a month ago by the Nashville City Council to drop it. You ignored the letter from duly elected officials of Nashville.
Nissan, FedEx, AT&T, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, KPMG, Whirlpool, Embraer, and United HealthCare?
There will be Hell to pay for this.
Alcoa, we thank you for stepping up when called upon to do so.
But this totally isn’t done.