Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gay Rights Group endorses Council Candidates.

The Tennessee Equality Project Political Action Committee has released their list of endorsements for Metro Council.

Most of their endorsements were predictable but there was one surprise in who they did not endorse.

In September 2009 the Metro Council passed by a vote of 24 to 15 a bill to protect Metro government employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The lead sponsor of the ordinance was Megan Barry and the bill had these nine cosponsors: Tim Garrett, Ronnie Steine, Jerry Maynard, Mike Jameson, Erik Cole, Anna Page, Sandra Moore, Buddy Baker, and Sean McGuire.

In April of 2011 the Council by a vote of 21-15 with three abstentions passed a bill to mandate that any business or entity doing business with Metro Government must have a policy of not discriminating against gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transgendered people. Many felt it was wrong to force a small business or faith-based entity that felt that homosexual activity is sinful to have to hire an openly gay person. Also, there was fear that in the future this special protection would be extended to all employers doing business within Davidson County.

Those voting for passage this bill were as follows: Barry, Steine, Maynard, Matthews, Harrison, Hollin, Jameson, Cole, Jernigan, Page, Moore, LaLonde, Gilmore, Langster, Evans, Holleman, McGuire, Whilhoite, Coleman, and Mitchell.

Those voting against the bill were: Tygard, Craddock, Bennett, Forkum, Ryman, Gotto, Burch, Stanley, Claiborne, Crafton, Dominy, Hodge, Toler, Duvall, and Todd.

Tim Garrett was absent. These three members abstained: Hunt, Adkins, Foster

I was disappointed to see Tim Garrett as a sponsor of the 2009 bill. At the time TEP thanked all of the sponsors. This week when TEP released their endorsments they did not endorse Tim Garrett. So much for gratitude.

Here is the list of TEP endorsements.  They did not make endorsements in every district.

Mayor                        Karl Dean
Vice Mayor                Diane Neighbors
Council At-Large (5)   Megan Barry, Sam Coleman, Jerry Maynard, Ronnie Steine, and Vivian Wilhoite
District Council Members

1        Lonnell Mathews
2        Frank Harrison
4        Brady Banks
5        Scott Davis
6        Peter Westerholm
7        Anthony Davis
8        Nancy VanReece
11      Darren Jernigan
13      Marilyn Robinson
17      Sandra Moore
18      David Glasgow
19      Erica Gilmore
20      Buddy Baker
21      Edith Taylor Langster
22      Seanna Brandmeier
23      Emily Evans
24      Jason Holleman
25      Sean McGuire
26      Chris Harmon
27      Davette Blalock
28      Tanaka Vercher
31      Fabian Bedne
32      Both Jacobia Dowell and Markeith Braden endorsed.

Stumble Upon Toolbar
My Zimbio
Top Stories

No comments:

Post a Comment