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Thu Jan 26, 2012, 04:52 PM Jan 2012

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

Chattanooga Times Free Press-


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.

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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Anti-gay bill and Rep. Richard Floyd's remarks draw fire in Nashville (Original Post) d_r Jan 2012 OP
Interesting law atreides1 Jan 2012 #1
Done. Current results = RKP5637 Jan 2012 #2
They tried this crap in Michigan and the Governor took out the sarcasmo Jan 2012 #3
Tennessee just passed Arizona Chipper Chat Jan 2012 #4
Is there some competition going on between the states Smilo Jan 2012 #5
All they have is HATE. xfundy Jan 2012 #6
These christofascists forgot that Jesus was bullied to death. TN needs to recall these sickos. freshwest Jan 2012 #7
Petition for Floyd to Leave Office WildFire43 Jan 2012 #8


(16,189 posts)
1. Interesting law
Thu Jan 26, 2012, 05:03 PM
Jan 2012

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


(67,112 posts)
2. Done. Current results =
Thu Jan 26, 2012, 05:14 PM
Jan 2012

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

Say no
(92 votes)

Chipper Chat

(9,792 posts)
4. Tennessee just passed Arizona
Thu Jan 26, 2012, 06:42 PM
Jan 2012

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


(1,945 posts)
5. Is there some competition going on between the states
Thu Jan 26, 2012, 07:48 PM
Jan 2012

that we don't know about...

Race to become the Biggest Loser CINO edition.


(53,661 posts)
7. These christofascists forgot that Jesus was bullied to death. TN needs to recall these sickos.
Fri Jan 27, 2012, 03:54 AM
Jan 2012

Next on their sunday school schedule: Genocide.


(12 posts)
8. Petition for Floyd to Leave Office
Fri Jan 27, 2012, 03:08 PM
Jan 2012

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:


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