Tennesse May Have Unknowingly Dodged Bullet By Not Passing Anti-LGBT Legislation
The Transgender bathroom bill failed to pass in Tennessee on Monday. The bill that was being proposed required all students in public schools and universities to use bathrooms and locker rooms that matched their gender at birth.
The bill however failed when the House sponsor said she was withdrawing the legislation because she wanted to see how how legal challenges played out in other states.
State Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mount Juliet, who sponsored the law, tried to make sure it protected everyone and even went as far as amending it. The amendment wanted to give students who objected alternatives. However, opponents were harsh and said it would insight discrimination. The amendment was thus pulled, even though a religious coalition of the Family Action Council of Tennessee and about 30 pastors urged lawmakers to stand strong for the bill.
Other Bills Against LGBT Community
The bill is the latest in a line of laws that several states have enacted against the LGBT community. Last month, Republican Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal was forced out of signing a religious freedom bill that was described as anti-gay and would discriminate against LGBT people. North Carolina has been under scrutiny for its bathroom bill that discriminates against transgender people, while South Dakota attempted to pass a similar bathroom law, which was vetoed. Mississippi have also enacted an anti-gay law that is also proving controversial and has been scrutinized.
In Tennessee, there were intense protests by both supporters and opponents. While supporters noted that it would have protected the privacy of students, opponents called it discriminatory.
Why this is a Blessing for Tennesse
Tennessee has likely saved itself from what could have been economic downfall. North Carolina has already seen numerous industries pull their work forces out and numerous musicians have cancelled concert appearances that they were scheduled to perform in the state.