Monday, July 27, 2009

Nashville Non-Discrimination Ordinance Passes on First Reading

Last Tuesday members of the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County passed, by a vote of 24-9, an ordinance that would ban discrimination in the metro government based on sexual orientation or gender identity!

The votes broke down as follows:

In favor (24): Buddy Baker, Megan Barry, Erik Cole, Sam Coleman, Tim Garrett, Erica Gilmore, Frank Harrison, Jason Holleman, Walter Hunt, Mike Jameson, Darren Jernigan, Kristine LaLonde, Edith Langster, Lonnell Matthews Jr., Jerry Maynard, Sean McGuire, Bo Mitchell, Sandra Moore, Anna Page, Ronnie Steine, Bruce Stanley, Carter Todd, Parker Toler, and Charlie Tygard.

Opposed (9): Carl Burch, Michael Craddock, Eric Crafton, Duane Dominy, Robert Duvall, Jim Forkum, Jim Gotto, Jim Hodge, and Rip Ryman.

Abstained (5): Greg Adkins, Karen Bennett, Randy Foster, Pam Murray, and Vivian Wilhoite.

Absent (2): Philip Claiborne, Emily Evans

If your Council member voted in favor, please contact them to thank them for supporting this effort to protect all LGBT employees from workplace discrimination in metro government. If your Council member did not support the ordinance on first reading, please contact them and ask them to end discrimination against LGBT employees in the Nashville/Davidson County metro government.

You can find the contact information of Council members by clicking here or visiting

PFLAG sends out a huge thank you to Council member Megan Barry (pictured, above) who filed the inclusive ordinance and has been a great friend to the LGBT community.

The second reading before the Metro Council is scheduled for Thursday, August 6, at 6:30 pm.

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