SB364/HB563, known as the Business License to Discriminate Bill, is back. The bill previously passed the Tennessee Senate in 2017, but it didn't move in the Tennessee House last year.
The bill automatically raises suspicions because it shows concerns about businesses being "discriminated" against by government, rather than the real discrimination endured by LGBTQ people. The bill opens the door to taxpayer funded discrimination against real people. If, for example, a business has a policy of not treating married same-gender couples the same as different-gender couples, government could not refuse to contract with them solely on that basis.
Equality advocates will be on the Hill on Feb. 5 working against the bill.
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