Some days I just love my home in Tennessee. We have vibrant cities, and beautiful rural landscapes...within minutes of each other. My hubby came from a conservative rural area, but is as open as a human can be. We know that most folks in TN don't want to see anyone hurt...
but...there are days when those who represent us locally or nationally just embarrass the hell out of me. This month has been one of those days! LOL
An idiot state Senator who panders to the right, the far right, the wingnut right...has proposed a bill that would allow ANY business to refuse to do business with 'the gays' on religious rights.
hmm, that would mean photographers and caterers for same gender weddings right? geez, I think not, since you can't get same gender married in TN. Oh, he's doing this in case you can in the future. arrrgggg.
But the coward put the bill out there, then took his name off it, as he began to hear feed back from constituents. The bill is still out there, with another sponsor, but it was the handywork of Kelsey from Germantown, a small burb to our east, and will be discussed in committee tomorrow.
I emailed both senators, and I've sent a copy of the letter below to the commercial appeal, our hometown rag. Not sure it will be published, but here's my attempt to shame those two!
An Open letter to Senators Kelsey and Bell,
I know Kelsey, that you have taken your name off the so called 'turn away the gays' bill, (so it's up to you BELL) but I thought it was a fabulous idea- IF and ONLY IF, you add an amendment to make any establishment who plans to turn away gay couples put a 4'x4' SIGN outside their place of business.
I know this is supposed to be discussed tomorrow, so I hope I'm getting to you in time to make sure the amendment gets into place. We don't want to embarrass anyone who might wander into an 'unfriendly' business, I'm sure that was NOT your intent, we just want to make sure that we leave the RIGHT to DISCRIMINATE for those 'christians' who like to do so.
It's about time we figure out who the folks are who don't want to do business with the gay community (and by extension their friends, families and coworkers!) We can then figure out as Human Beings who we don't want to do business with. And I believe that we show our belief system the way we spend our hard earned dollars.
I am a straight Catholic grandmother.... and I can tell you this, I would love to have a playbook that lists folks who think they are 'better' than others, and who would invoke Jesus in their discrimination. You get those signs up, and I'll work on getting a list of them in my community, so we all know them by name!