Odd quote of the day

From the Advocate, regarding Tennessee’s hate law that repealed gay and trans protections in Nashville:

Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese released the following statement: “Discrimination should have no place in the Volunteer State and the Chamber [of Commerce]’s opposition to this law sent a strong signal that corporations are on the leading edge of positive change. In contrast Governor Haslam has put discrimination ahead of the state’s values and even business interests by signing this horrible legislation.”

Corporations were also on the leading edge of making this entire thing happen. Their local representatives were responsible for this law, lobbied for this law via the local chamber of commerce, and then when we asked them for help killing it, most of them were cool to the idea at best.  As for the Chamber, it held its statement until 20 seconds – literally 20 seconds – before the governor signed the bill into law, making it utterly worthless.  Hardly a coincidence or a “strong signal.”

Other than that Mrs. Lincoln…


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