Carolyn Dipboye signed The People's Petition Against the Slate of Hate 2019-03-19 06:43:54 -0500Carolyn Dipboye
The people of Tennessee are speaking out against bills that result in discrimination against LGBTQ people in our state. Here is our statement with a summary of the bills.296 signatures
"As residents of Tennessee, we oppose these bills in the Tennessee General Assembly. They promote discrimination rather than justice and demean the worth of LGBTQ people in our state. We call on people of good will to join us in speaking out for basic fairness."
The bills are:
SB848/HB1152 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Ragan and SB1304/HB836 by Sen. Pody and Rep. Rudd. These bills promote state-sanctioned discrimination by private adoption agencies against prospective parents on the basis of religious and moral objection.
SB364/HB563 by Sen. Gardenhire and Rep. Zachary. The Business License to Discriminate bill. The bill casts businesses rather than the LGBTQ community as possible victims of discrimination and opens the door to taxpayer funded discrimination.
SB1297/HB1151 by Sen. Pody and Rep. Ragan. While the bill seems to be about indecent exposure, its original text is a devious attempt to criminalize transgender and gender nonconforming people in restrooms and locker rooms. The bill has been amended in a House subcommittee to remove the portions targeting the transgender community. We want to make sure the amendment remains on the bill.
SB1499/HB1274 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Holt. This bill requires the Attorney General to defend school districts that engage in anti-transgender bathroom discrimination.
SB1282/HB1369 by Sen. Pody and Rep. J. Sexton. The Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act is an attack on marriage equality.
Carolyn Dipboye signed Urge Senators Alexander and Corker to speak up for LGBTQ people when the next Supreme Court justice is appointed 2018-06-28 10:05:21 -0500
Urge Senators Alexander and Corker to speak up for LGBTQ people when the next Supreme Court justice is appointed
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring so the President will name a successor who must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Sign to urge Senator Alexander and Senator Corker to speak up for the LGBTQ community during the confirmation process. TEP will deliver a hard copy of the signatures to their offices.1,068 signatures
Senator Alexander and Senator Corker:
When the President announces his choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, we urge you to speak up for the rights of LGBTQ people. It is vitally important that members of the Supreme Court support the principle of "equal protection" and that Justice Kennedy's successor uphold the existing rights of LGBTQ people and oppose discrimination against LGBTQ people. We respectfully ask you to raise these concerns publicly and not to vote for any nominee who supports discrimination.
Add your name and urge Governor Haslam to veto SB1085/HB1111, the Sneaky LGBT Erasure Bill. After you sign the petition, share it with your friends. We will deliver a hard copy of the signatures to the Governor's Office. Your voice can help determine whether he uses the VETO pen or the BECOMES LAW pen!5,721 signatures
Dear Governor Haslam,
We ask you to veto SB1085/HB1111. This bill, as the Attorney General has noted, is broadly written. Its vagueness could result in conflicts with existing laws about judicial interpretation. These conflicts are likely to cause discrimination against LGBTQ people, particularly with respect to marriage, adoption, and legal documents. This bill risks subjecting Tennessee to the same scrutiny that North Carolina has received. We cannot afford hundreds of millions of dollars in economic boycotts and sanctions. Please, veto this bill so we can avoid judicial chaos and costly discrimination. Thank you for considering our views.
Carolyn Dipboye posted about Tennessee Clergy Oppose the General Assembly's Slate of Hate on Facebook 2017-03-05 04:40:31 -0600Tennessee Clergy Oppose the General Assembly's Slate of Hate
Clergy wishing to add their names to this letter should contact us at email@example.com
As clergy serving the people of Tennessee, we oppose six pieces of legislation under consideration in the Tennessee General Assembly that attack the LGBT community.
The values of justice and hospitality compel us to speak out for the dignity of LGBT people and to oppose any effort to enshrine discrimination in the laws of our state.
We urge all people of goodwill to join us in seeking fairness for all residents of Tennessee and to consider the unacceptable ramifications of the following bills:
SB30/HB33. The LGBT Erasure Bill. By requiring that the words “father,” “mother,” “husband,” and “wife” be given their natural and ordinary meaning, this bill interferes with the identities and families of LGBT people.
SB127/HB54. The Business License to Discriminate Bill. This subtly worded piece of legislation actually opens the door to allowing businesses and nonprofits to discriminate in their HR and benefit policies while using taxpayer dollars.
SB752/HB892. The Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act states the policy of Tennessee to defend marriage as only between one man and one woman regardless of what the courts say.
SB771/HB888. The Anti-Transgender Student Bathroom Bill. This bill requires students to use restrooms according to the sex designation on their birth certificates and not according to their gender identity.
SB1085/HB1111. The Sneaky LGBT Erasure Bill. This bill does everything that SB30/HB33 does while trying to hide the effects upon the LGBT community from the public.
SB1153/HB1406. The Attack on Parenthood Bill. This bill repeals statute that deems a child born to a married woman as a result of artificial insemination, with consent of the married woman's husband, to be the legitimate child of the husband and wife. This bill is directed at lesbian couples and could affect other couples.
Rev. Ken Edwards, Old Hickory, Wilson County
Rev. Gordon Gibson, Knoxville
Rev. Dr. Diana L. Hynson, Nashville
Rev. Jake Morrill, Oak Ridge
Rev. L. Susan Bond, Jackson
Rev. Joe-d DowlingSoka, Chattanooga
Rev. Steve Wolf, Clarksville
Rev. Jeff Briere, Johnson City
Rev. Judi Hoffman, Nashville
Rev. Elaine Blanchard, Memphis
Rev. Brandon Gilvin, Chattanooga
Rev. Pamela Hawkins, Nashville
Rev. Rik Rouquie, Nashville
Rev. Annie McClure, Nashville
Rev. Paul Slentz, Nashville
Rev. Beth A. Richardson, Nashville
Rev. Tim Kobler, Knoxville
Rev. Emily Reeves Grammer, Madison
Rev. John Feldhacker, Nashville
Rev. Kevin Mitchell, Murfreesboro
Rev. Christine Grace, Chattanooga
Rev. Susan Gray, Nashville
Rev. Anna Golladay, Chattanooga
Rev. Steven Sherman Oak Ridge
Rev. Laura Bogle, Maryville
Rev. J. Peter van Eys, Nashville
Rev. David McIntyre, Normandy
Rev. Greg Bullard, Madison
Rev. Heather Harriss, Nashville
Rev. Jim Hughes, Nashville
Rev. Tim Bath, Murfreesboro
Rev. Cynthia Andrews-Looper, Memphis
Rev. Andrew Ward, Nashville
Rev. Dr. Patricia J. Pickett, Ashland City
Rev. Jim Sessions, Knoxville
Rev. Susan Crawford, Cordova
Rev. Karen Kastler, Hendersonville
Rev. Norman Cunningham, Crossville
Rev. Slade Kyle, Memphis
Rev. Terri Weaver, Memphis
Rev. Tommy Sheppard, Memphis
Rev. Sarah Osborne, Memphis
Rev. Buddy Stallings Memphis
Rev. Kira Schlesinger, Nashville
Rev. Eric L. Murray, Knoxville
Rev. Ginger Isom, Chattanooga
Rev. Dr. Bindy Snyder, Memphis
Rev. Jeffrey Radcliff, Kingston Springs
Rev. Wolf Cole, Savannah
Rev. Ken Carroll, Chattanooga
Rev. Michael Alford, Goodlettsville
Rev. Carolyn Dipboye, Oak Ridge
Rev. Larry Dipboye, Oak Ridge
Rev. Aimee Moiso, Nashville
Rev. James Pappas, Sewanee
Rev. Kimberly Rodrigue, Nashville
Rev. Rachel Pence
Rev. Leonard Curry, Hermitage
Rev. Jeannie M. Hunter, Madison
Rev. Debra Dickerson, Hixson
Rev. Katherine H. Smith, Nashville
Rev. Bryan Curie, Nashville
Rev. Dr. Dale P. Andrews, Nashville
Rev. Leyla K. King, Chattanooga
Rev. C. Nolan Huizenga, Nashville
Rev. John S. McClure, Nashville
Rev. Karen Neely, Norris
Rev. Taylor W. Dinsmore, Chattanooga
Rev. RJ Powell, Knoxville
Rev. April Baker, Nashville
Rev. Thomas Artist, Jr., Elizabethton
Rev. John Mark Wiggers, Knoxville
Rev. Deven Hazelwood Johnson City
Rev. Margaret K. Zeller, Kingsport
Bishop Patrick Potts, Johnson City
Rev. Shane Smith, Kingsport
Rev. Canon Dr. James F. Turrell, Sewanee
Rev. Neil K. Raman, Memphis
Rev. Cal Calhoun, Knoxville
Rev. Chris Harpster, Kingsport
Rev. Lee M. Ragsdale III, Knoxville
Rev. Isaac Blevins, Chattanooga
Chaplain Jon Coffee, Knoxville
Rev. Dr. James Hudnut-Beumler, Nashville
Rev. Jason Bennett, Murfreesboro
Rev. Joy Warren, Murfreesboro
Rev. Shirley Bowman, Murfreesboro.
Rev. Brian Merritt, Chattanooga
Rev. Sandy Prigmore Lewis, Joelton
Rev. Keith Caldwell, Nashville
Rev. Canon William A. Kolb, Memphis
Rev. Ingrid McIntyre, Nashville
Rev. Beth Lefever, Cordova
Rev. Andrew B. Ward
Rev. Jason Shelton, Nashville
Rev. Carmen Emerson
Rev. Sam Teitel, Memphis
Rev. Chris Buice, Knoxville
Rev. Carol Bodeau, Knoxville
Rev. Denise Gyauch, Nashville
Carolyn Dipboye signed Defend Diversity at UT-Knoxville: Veto SB1912 2016-04-23 12:50:30 -0500Carolyn Dipboye
The Legislature passed SB1912/HB2248 that removes funding from the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Sign this petition that we will deliver to Governor Haslam asking him to veto the bill.2,096 signatures
Governor Haslam, we call on you to veto SB1912/HB2248 and protect the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's Office for Diversity and Inclusion. The office plays a vital role in making the university competitive for the best students, faculty, and staff and it makes campus life welcoming for all. Thank you for considering our views.
Carolyn Dipboye endorsed 2016-02-08 09:19:03 -0600
Sign on as a co-sponsor of the People's Resolution Opposing Tennessee House Joint Resolution 529 on Marriage Equality.
WHEREAS, Rep. Susan Lynn has introduced a resolution urging the members of the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee to express their disagreement with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges; and
WHEREAS, the Tennessee Constitution affirms "That the citizens have a right, in a peaceable manner, to assemble together, for their common good, to instruct their representatives, and to apply to those invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances or other proper purposes, by address or remonstrance;" and
WHEREAS, the State of Tennessee ought to be focused on the legal equality of all its people rather than attacking the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community; and
WHEREAS, "the equal protection of the laws" is a cherished principle in American jurisprudence; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, that we oppose House Joint Resolution 529 and urge the members of the 109th General Assembly of the State of Tennessee to uphold the entire Constitution of the United States, including the Fourteenth Amendment, and cease their legislative attacks on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.Endorse