Tag Archives: Tennessee

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee To Sign Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill

The Tennessean reports: The Tennessee state Senate started the 2020 legislative session passing its first bill of the year: a controversial measure that protects religious adoption agencies if they choose to discriminate against same-sex couples. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Paul Rose, R-Covington, declares that no licensed adoption agency would be required to participate in a child placement if doing …

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Hate Group Warns TN Clerks To Stop Marrying Gays

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: Nearly five years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for same-sex marriage nationwide, all 95 county clerks in Tennessee received a letter this week informing them they should be operating instead under the state constitution law that makes “void and unenforceable” any policy or law “purporting to define marriage as anything other than …

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26th House Republican Won’t Seek Reelection In 2020

Roll Call reports: Tennessee Rep. Phil Roe, the ranking Republican on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, will not run for reelection in 2020, opening up a solidly Republican seat. “As someone who practiced medicine for over 30 years, I said I would serve five or six terms because I never intended this job to be a second career,” Roe said …

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Tennessee Hate Group Files To Undo Marriage Equality

Nashville’s Fox News affiliate reports: Eleven Christian ministers and the Tennessee Independent Baptists for Religious Liberty (TIBRL) are challenging the legality of marriage certificates issued to same-sex couples. The group filed a Declaratory Order with the Tennessee Department of Health on Thursday, arguing while the state is following a federal order allowing same-sex couples to wed in the state, there …

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Tennessee Governor: God Will Stop School Shootings And The Opioid Epidemic If Enough People Pray For It

Knoxville’s ABC News affiliate reports: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says if residents pray to God to favor the state, God will answer those prayers. Lee said he prays that Tennessee does not experience a school shooting, that the state’s opioid epidemic will diminish and that Tennessee’s educational outcomes improve. If thousands of people offer similar prayers, he believes God will …

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Anti-Gay DA Won’t Bring Charges In Teen’s Suicide

People Magazine reports: No charges will be filed in the death of a Tennessee teen who took his own life shortly after sexually explicit messages he’d exchanged with another boy when he was 15 were leaked on social media, leaving his distraught family is fighting for stronger laws. Channing Smith, 16, of Manchester, was horrified when he learned that teens …

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IOWA: Woman Killed In Gender Reveal Explosion

CNN reports: A woman has died after an explosion at a gender reveal party in Iowa, authorities say. The 56-year-old woman, unnamed by authorities, was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday in the city of Knoxville, according to a press release from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The subsequent investigation found “a gender reveal announcement resulted in the explosion” — …

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TENNESSEE: County Official Complains About White Rights And A “Queer Running For President” [VIDEO]

Knoxville’s CBS News affiliate reports: Commissioner Warren Hurst took the floor on Oct. 21 to speak about the commission’s pending vote on becoming a gun sanctuary city. “It’s time we wake up people, it’s time, it’s passed time,” Hurst said. Hurst also voiced his opinions on other topics. “We got a queer running for president, if that ain’t about as …

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Teen Boy Takes Own Life After Anti-Gay Cyberbullying

The Washington Post reports: Channing Smith’s final Instagram post was a terse message to his followers. “I’m gonna get off social media for awhile,” the 16-year-old from Manchester, Tenn., wrote last week. “I really hate how I can’t trust anyone because those I did were so fake. Bye.” Hours later, Channing was dead, his older brother, Joshua Smith, wrote on …

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College Turns Bullied Kid’s Design Into Official Shirt

ABC News reports: A Florida boy who was bullied and laughed at for his homemade T-shirt representing the University of Tennessee Volunteers at his elementary school’s college colors day has not only had his design made official by the university – but the demand for the product is so high that it crashed the school’s website. It all started when …

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TENNESSEE: Catholic School Bans Harry Potter Books On Advice Of Exorcists Because Spells, Curses Are Real

The Tennessean reports: The students at St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville can no longer checkout the popular Harry Potter book series from their school’s library. The seven-book series depicting the magical adventures of a young wizard and his friends was removed from the library because of their content, the Rev. Dan Reehil, a pastor at the Roman Catholic parish …

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Man Arrested In Terror Threat Against Memphis Church

The Associated Press reports: A truck driver has been arrested after saying he would commit a mass shooting at a church in Memphis, Tennessee, authorities say in newly filed court records. Thomas Matthew McVicker was apprehended in Indianapolis before the plan could be carried out, according to court papers filed Monday. It’s the most recent case in a string of …

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Baptist Church Refuses To Host Man’s Funeral Because It Would Be Attended By The Man’s Gay Son [VIDEO]

Chattanooga’s ABC affiliate reports: A dying Tennessee man’s final wish will not be honored. A bereaved son in Sweetwater, Tennessee says his sexual orientation is standing in the way of his father’s funeral service. Jessie Goodman is engaged to Brandon Smitty. Goodman’s father is very ill and dying. His final wish is that his services be held at the church …

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Anti-LGBT State Rep Resigns After Grindr Allegations

The Tennessean reports: A West Tennessee Republican lawmaker says he is stepping down from the statehouse, citing a family matter and demands of his business. Rep. Bill Sanderson, R-Kenton, confirmed Tuesday night that he plans to resign from his legislative seat. His resignation will become effective Wednesday at noon. Sanderson, who owns White Squirrel Winery in Kenton, said his business …

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GOP Tennessee Gov Honors Early KKK Grand Wizard

The Tennessean reports: Gov. Bill Lee has proclaimed Saturday as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in Tennessee, a day of observation to honor the former Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader whose bust is on display in the state Capitol. Per state law, the Tennessee governor is tasked with issuing proclamations for six separate days of special observation, three …

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Cracker Barrel Boots “Death To Gays” Church [VIDEO]

The Knoxville Sentinel reports: A Cracker Barrel in Cleveland, Tennessee, turned away Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Grayson Fritts and his church group, citing the restaurant chain’s zero-tolerance policy for “discriminatory treatment or harassment of any sort.” Fritts and his tiny independent Baptist church in Knoxville had planned a meeting at the Cracker Barrel on June 29. Cracker Barrel said …

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TENNESSEE: Sheriff’s Deputy On Leave After Sermon Calling For Police To Execute LGBT People For Jesus

Knoxville’s CBS News affiliate reports: Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputy and pastor of All Scripture Baptist Church Grayson Fritts went on the defensive Wednesday night following the delivery of a sermon on June 2, 2019, calling on police to enforce a bible passage that prescribes death as punishment for being a member of the LGBTQ+ community. The sermon prompted an …

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Tennessee DA Won’t Enforce Domestic Violence Laws For Same-Sex Couples: There’s No Marriage To Protect

NBC News reports: Craig Northcott, a district attorney in Tennessee’s Coffee County, a rural county between Nashville and Chattanooga, is facing calls to resign for saying he would not enforce domestic violence laws for people in same-sex marriages because he does not believe in same-sex marriage. Northcott said he concluded, based on his own analysis and not on the fact …

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Tennessee GOP House Speaker Won’t Resign After Chief Of Staff Quits In Racism, Sexism, And Cocaine Scandal

The Tennessean reports: House Speaker Glen Casada said Tuesday he will not resign from his leadership position, despite participating in sexually charged text messages with his now former chief of staff. Speaking to WTN’s Brian Wilson, the Franklin Republican said he had no intentions to step down, adding, “I’m sorry that I did it and I’m embarrassed that I did …

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Tennessee Sued Over New Voter Suppression Law

The Washington Post reports: To Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R), the bill he signed Thursday that threatens voter registration groups with criminal charges and fines over incomplete forms and missed deadlines is simply about creating “elections with integrity.” Voting rights advocates, however, argue the law’s true purpose is keeping new voters, particularly African Americans and other minorities who have signed …

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