Carolyn Dipboye

  • signed The People's Petition Against the Slate of Hate 2019-03-19 06:43:54 -0500
    Carolyn Dipboye

    The People's Petition Against the Slate of Hate

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • signed Governor Haslam, Veto SB1085/HB1111 2017-04-28 10:40:10 -0500

    Governor Haslam, Veto SB1085/HB1111

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    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.

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  • posted about Tennessee Clergy Oppose the General Assembly's Slate of Hate on Facebook 2017-03-05 04:40:31 -0600
    Tennessee Clergy Oppose the General Assembly's Slate of Hate

    Tennessee Clergy Oppose the General Assembly's Slate of Hate

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    Clergy wishing to add their names to this letter should contact us at chris@tnequalityproject.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

     

     

     

     

     


  • signed Defend Diversity at UT-Knoxville: Veto SB1912 2016-04-23 12:50:30 -0500
    Carolyn Dipboye

    Defend Diversity at UT-Knoxville: Veto SB1912

    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.

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  • endorsed 2016-02-08 09:19:03 -0600

    The People's Resolution Opposing Tennessee House Joint Resolution 529 on Marriage Equality

    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.

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