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Several anti-LGBT bills are on notice the week of March 15 in the Legislature. So we are calling on advocates across the state to help with Rolling Back the Hate Days on the Hill on March 15 and March 16. You don't have to be there both days. You can come for an hour or stay the whole time. But RSVP here. TEP will have an information table both days outside the cafeteria in Legislative Plaza.
So which attack bills are up for consideration?
1. HB2414/SB2387 is up in the House Education Administration and Planning Subcommittee on March 15 at 3:00 p.m. in Legislative Plaza Room 29. This bill attacks transgender students in public K-12 and higher education institutions. It is also up in the Senate Education Committee on March 16 at 1:00 in Room 12. You can contact the House subcommittee at this link and urge them to vote NO. RSVP for the House subcommittee meeting here. You can contact the Senate Education Committee about the bill at this link.
2. HB1840 known as the Counseling Discrimination bill is up in the House Health Committee on March 16 at 1:30 in Room 16. This bill has already passed the Senate.
3. HB2379 is up in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee at 3:00 on March 16 at 3:00 in Room 31. This bill limits those who can solemnize marriages to clergy. In other words, if you want to get married in Tennessee, you would have to get a religious leader to perform the ceremony if this bill passes. The constitutional issue is certainly a talking point, but it would be better to beat the bill before a law like this had to go to the courts for a challenge. So I understand that the bill would have problems in court, but let's try to prevent it from becoming law in the first place. You can tell the subcommittee to oppose the bill at this link.
*If you want to help organize next week or get appointments with key legislators, respond to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your county of residence. We will prep you for your meetings.
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