Jim Sessions

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    Tennessee Clergy Oppose the General Assembly's Slate of Hate

    Tennessee Clergy Oppose the General Assembly's Slate of Hate


    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






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