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Tennessee Passes Bill Allowing Adoption Agencies to Deny Gay Couples; Governor Says He’ll Sign It

Governor Bill Lee / Twitter The Tennessee legislature has passed a bill allowing adoption and foster care agencies to deny same-sex couples based on religious beliefs. Governor Bill Lee has promised to sign it. The AP reports: “The GOP-controlled Senate gave the bill final passage on the first day of the 2020 legislative session after it was initially approved by the House last April. The bill was sent to the Republican governor amid warnings by critics of possible negative consequences for Tennessee’s reputation. Lee’s communication director, Chris Walker, confirmed in...
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Tennessee just passed a bill to stop same-sex parents from adopting

The Tennessee state senate has started out the year by signing a bill that will allow faith-based adoption and foster agencies the ability to discriminate against LGBT+ people. The bill declares that no licensed adoption agency would be required to participate in a child placement with an LGBT+ family if doing so would “violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies”. Some faith-based agencies in Tennessee already do not allow gay couples to adopt, but this move would provide legal protections to those agencies, as well as ensuring...
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Republican politician introduces law to ban trans athletes from playing on teams that match their gender identity

A Republican lawmaker in Tennessee has introduced a bill which would prevent trans athletes in schools from playing on teams that match their gender identity. Tennessee Representative Bruce Griffey has introduced the bill. If passed, trans students who participate in team sport would have to play as the wrong gender in the state. He has claimed that he wants to ensure fairness in team sports at school level and insisted that there is “no ill will” intended by House Bill 1572, Nashville Channel 5 reports. “What it’s simply trying to...
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GOP Governor Is Relying on Citizen’s Prayers to Stop School Shootings and End Opioid Epidemic

Bill Lee is fond of rolling up his sleeves but in a unique move the Tennessee Republican governor has just made his job much easier. Gov. Lee says it’s up to citizens to end school shootings and the opioid epidemic, and to improve results in the state’s schools, by praying. “If thousands of people offer similar prayers, he believes God will impart his favor on Tennessee,” the AP reports. “The governor’s remarks came during a luncheon at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Nashville headquarters.” The 60-year old governor who took office in...
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A bisexual teen died by suicide after being outed online – and anti-gay authorities are doing absolutely nothing

A bisexual teenager took his own life after he was outed online, but the anti-gay district attorney is refusing to bring criminal charges against those who outed him. 16-year-old Channing Smith, from Manchester, Tennessee, had confided in a few friends that he was bisexual, but this was not widely known. After a disagreement with a classmate, screenshots of sexually explicit messages between Smith and another boy were shared on Snapchat and Instagram. On Sunday, September 22, Smith tragically took his own life. His family had been urging Coffee County district...
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Tennessee City Cancels Christmas Parade Amid Threats Of Violence Over Float With Rainbow Flag

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); The small West Tennessee town of Troy has canceled its annual Christmas parade this year after community members responded to a planned “love everybody” float with vitriol and threats of violence because it included a rainbow flag, according to the Tennessean. Dwight Tittle, a native of the small town in the northwest part of the state, said the proposed float was based on the Bible verse 1 John 4:7-8 and was meant to express solidarity and love for people who felt shunned or judged by...
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