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Thu Jan 26, 2012, 04:52 PM

Anti-gay bill and Rep. Richard Floyd's remarks draw fire in Nashville

Chattanooga Times Free Press-

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/jan/25/anti-gay-bill-and-rep-richard-floyds-remarks-draw-/?breakingnews
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NASHVILLE — The father of a young gay college student, whose 1998 murder in Wyoming spurred national discussion about hate crimes, said today that Tennessee and several other states have “become a bully pulpit in more ways than one.”

Dennis Shepard, who son was killed in Wyoming due to, according to court testimony, his sexual orientation, said two pending bills dealing with gay issues “disturb me” and he urged state lawmakers to work instead “toward an all-inclusive law toward hate crimes.”

Shepard’s comments came at a news conference at Legislative Plaza where he spoke out specifically against a bill that seeks to create a religious exemption in the state’s anti-school bullying law and another measure known as the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The amended bill says teachers can only discuss “natural reproduction” with students in grades K-8.

On another front, Shepard was critical of recent remarks made by Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, who has introduced legislation barring transgender persons from using public restrooms and store dressing rooms if they do not fit the gender listed on their original birth certificate.

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My comment:
In Tennessee there is a bill being considered that would grant a "religious exemption" to the anti-bullying law, making it possible for students to bully gay students and say that it was their "religious belief" and therefore avoid prosecution under the law. Another bill would prevent teachers from discussing homosexual relationships.

There is a poll on the linked page relating to the story if you want to give a little DU love.

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atreides1 Jan 2012 #1
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Response to d_r (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 05:03 PM

1. Interesting law

I wonder how it works if your religious belief allows you to seek vengeance against those that do you harm?

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Response to d_r (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 05:14 PM

2. Done. Current results =

Should K-8 teachers be allowed to discuss homosexuality with students?
65%
Say yes
(174 votes)

34%
Say no
(92 votes)

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Response to d_r (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 05:58 PM

3. They tried this crap in Michigan and the Governor took out the

religious belief bullshit.

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Response to d_r (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 06:42 PM

4. Tennessee just passed Arizona

as the most bigoted state in the Union (thanks to the people electing those radical ultra-rightwing officials).

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Thu Jan 26, 2012, 07:48 PM

5. Is there some competition going on between the states

that we don't know about...

Race to become the Biggest Loser CINO edition.

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Response to d_r (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 09:11 PM

6. All they have is HATE.

And wide stances.

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Response to d_r (Original post)

Fri Jan 27, 2012, 03:54 AM

7. These christofascists forgot that Jesus was bullied to death. TN needs to recall these sickos.

Next on their sunday school schedule: Genocide.

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Fri Jan 27, 2012, 03:08 PM

8. Petition for Floyd to Leave Office

State Rep. Richard Floyd threatened to "stomp a mudhole" into any transgender woman who uses a public restroom in Tennessee. "Stomp a mudhole," according to Urban Dictionary, means "To tear someone a new a--hole, to beat them to near death or to otherwise hurt someone to the point that they can not fight back." We cannot tolerate such hate!

That's why I signed a petition to The Tennessee State House, The Tennessee State Senate, and Governor Bill Haslam, which says:
"State Rep. Richard Floyd does not have the right to threaten transgendered women in his state. Hate speech like this should not be tolerated! Stop the cycle of hate now!"

Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:

http://signon.org/sign/demand-that-state-rep?source=s.fwd&r_by=1670263

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