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Tenn. lawmaker introduces bill to allow religious discrimination against gays

Thursday, February 13, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow individuals and businesses to refuse to provide goods and services to gays based on their religious beliefs.

The measure, filed by GOP State Sen. Brian Kelsey, who represents Memphis and Germantown, is similar to bills currently being considered in Kansas, Arizona, Idaho and South Dakota.

The bill notes that businesses can refuse services and goods if it furthers a civil union, domestic partnership, or same-sex marriage. The person or business would just have to say it was against their religion.

Jonathan Cole of the Tennessee Equality Project, a statewide advocacy group, says the bill is making discrimination legal.

The bill was introduced in the House and Senate, but no votes have been taken yet.

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  1. :-(

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:19pm
  2. won’t last long

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:19pm
  3. Welcome to the dark ages, again. These people can go choke on their religion

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:20pm
  4. Exactly! One step forward, a thousand back!

    Replied on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:10pm
  5. Really wow….no Boyd it won’t

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:20pm
  6. Wow. What year is this and we are back here again?

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:20pm
  7. Won’t happen !! All 50 states recognize same sex marriage and have to marry same sex couples even if its against their belief’s :D

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:21pm
  8. It’s a shame with so many finally realizing and practising tolerance, acceptance and kindness that there are still so many ready to hide behind their religion.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:21pm
  9. Sadly he represents one of the more affluent areas near Memphis…

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:21pm
  10. It can go both ways.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:21pm
  11. As a resident of Tennessee this makes me furious. But I know it can’t last.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:21pm
  12. This made me cringe! I live in TN… SMH

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:21pm
  13. The American south: you have to be the “right” kind of person (white Christian male etc) to have rights and be treated with respect.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:21pm
  14. I want to puke.

    Replied on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:01pm
  15. Another state destined to be challenged at the Supreme Court level. Do they not understand that this is discrimination?

    Replied on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:19pm
  16. Why doesn't the Supreme Court just step in say this is hate and we don't need it in America. States ,on their own, should not be permitted to shove this bigotry and hate on some of their peop[le.

    Replied on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:04am
  17. Separation of church and state come on

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:21pm
  18. Will not stand up in court. Way to waste taxpayer money on stupid, evil bullshit.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:22pm
  19. Looks similar to what KS is doing.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:22pm
  20. They can’t discriminate socially, so they want to write it into law to legitimize it. Itll be a failure

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:22pm
  21. If zealots put this much effort into things that matter, the country would be in much better shape.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:23pm
  22. Sucks because I’m going there soon

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:23pm
  23. I do wonder. What happened to separation if church and state

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:23pm
  24. America is such a pathetic country.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:23pm
  25. It’s 1996 all over again…

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:24pm
  26. Same story with Kansas. Crackers.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:24pm
  27. I live in TN. I’m mostly proud of this state, except for all the crazy republicans…

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:25pm
  28. Jim Crow, anyone?

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:25pm
  29. I hate organized religion ..

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:25pm
  30. They always have to try and make a point regardless of the ability to actually win.
    It’s all for Show and
    Re-elections
    White Narcissistic Pricks

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:25pm
  31. well good bye Tennessee tourist dollars from me!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:25pm
  32. Wtf is wrong with people? Blatant hatred and prejudice is not a right that should ever be reserved or protected under any law and you cant cite your religious text as viable grounds to support your bigotry- separation of church and state. Get over it, live and let live, love and let love… And mind your own Damned business.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:26pm
  33. Separation of church and state!!! Ever hear of it????

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:27pm
  34. Let’s discriminate in the name of God.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:28pm
  35. Unfortunately just because all states now have to federally recognize same sex marriage, it doesn’t mean you are to marry the same sex in that state….and this bill is absurd

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:28pm
  36. Looks like TN had to follow KS….this is so absurd…..

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:28pm
  37. That will be given up on when lgbt people have the right to discriminate against the straight people. So sad how people can be so against other humans..when their own religious teachings say to love all..and not to judge….WWJD? He definitely wouldn’t treat people this way!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:29pm
  38. Because spending tax payer money on unconstitutional laws that will ultimately be overturned just makes sense. God forbid we create jobs …oh my goodness.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:29pm
  39. god! when will these idiots get it?

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:29pm
  40. Its like a 2 yr old throwing themselves on the floor having a tantrum…because its not going in the favor! I mean really..grow the fuck up and deal with it times are changing and so must we…civil rights should be something to go forward with ease and not protested when ita in the best interest for others !

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:29pm
  41. Stupid people who believe the bible fell from the sky. Wrong it is written, published, and sold by ignorant fools.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:29pm
  42. Wtf. What are these people thinking!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:29pm
  43. That’s funny. I could have swore those in Tennessee lived in the same country I do. AMENDMENT I

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:30pm
  44. lawsuits out the ass

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:30pm
  45. Be ware the ones crying holy holy shall burn in hell. The ones you think will be in heaven will enter he’ll and the ones they think shall be in hell will be in heaven. God will show people the truth that we are all made by him and in his image. God will get the last judge not man so let me end this with this last thing. I know that the God I serve us almighty he is my judge not man so how can a man made church decide I’m a sinner because of who I love. Grow up law makers l.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:31pm
  46. Brook Carrell Hailey Childress yay now tennessee *sarcasm*

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:31pm
  47. i will kill somebody if this is legalized there is no reason religion should even be closely related to goverment

    Replied on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:32pm
  48. 2 steps forward, 10 steps back. Damn America, we were on a roll -___-

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:32pm
  49. Florida is next. Jeeze.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:32pm
  50. It will have to be like marriage equality avalanche, a Supreme Court ruling to overturn these bigoted laws!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:33pm
  51. It won’t pass. These men just like to propose this stuff to make the news and make it look like they are busy. Campfield proposes this kind of stuff all the time. Makes the news but never becomes law. Don’t judge us all by these few. The Advocate listed Knoxville as one of the “gayest” midsize cities. Because it is!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:33pm
  52. That just stinks. I hope this lawmaker will be voted out as soon as possible.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:33pm
  53. BIGOTS!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:34pm
  54. Does this mean that Gays can discriminate against Christians as well in there places of business.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:34pm
  55. mnja if their hairdresser happends to be gay, them a-hole christians go out with a reaaly patchy haircut :P

    Replied on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:46pm
  56. Wouldn't the haircut thing be funny? Ooops!

    Replied on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:51am
  57. Fuck Tennessee Government om all levels!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:35pm
  58. It’s the same old areas, that have a history of discrimination, who are pushing for more discrimination. It’s really no surprise.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:35pm
  59. Sick, sick, sick, sick, and just sick.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:36pm
  60. Mean while, back in 1950…

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:36pm
  61. Sickening.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:37pm
  62. I’ve been trying to form a movement to secede that south. But it is hard to do from Canada. (-:

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:37pm
  63. ASSHoles…Am I the Only One who thinks these guys Now really have a place in Heaven? LOL

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:38pm
  64. They have something almost exactly similar being introduced in Kansas. We’ve begun countermeasures here to put an end to it. STOP Kansas House Bill 2453

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:38pm
  65. Who designed the architecture for this shambling, monument to stupidity???

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:39pm
  66. I think they should just leave them alone. if that’s how they want to be let them as long as they leave straight people alone that’s fine I don’t have a problem with it.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:39pm
  67. Don’t forget that discrimination goes both ways. Nice to know what businesses lgbt and straight allies can avoid! A straight local restaurant owner refused to serve Stacey Campfield. Google it! She walked him right out the door.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:39pm
  68. Call this douche bag’s office–615-741-3036…Email him sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov…Unless EVERYONE stands up BS like this is gonna keep happening…It might be your state next…ACT NOW

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:39pm
  69. First Kansas, now Tennessee? Guess those republicans are doing their best to turn america in soviet Russia.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:40pm
  70. Guess they don’t teach the 14th amendment in this state!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:40pm
  71. why is it always the backwards ass dirt poor states that waste the taxpayers money on this crap?

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:41pm
  72. seriously its TN that got much bigger problems

    Replied on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:41pm
  73. They just want to be reelected and will do anything their stupid voters want.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:43pm
  74. I th

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:43pm
  75. I am completely overwhelmed with all the hate in the country, especially the red states. It seem the Bill of Rights are for a select group not every one.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:43pm
  76. It will get bad, before it gets better. These lawmakers are scared shitless they aren’t going to win with the Supreme Court and are scrambling to find any “Plan B” they possibly can. Shit will have to hit the fan before we win unfortunately.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:44pm
  77. asshole’s God will get you’s

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:44pm
  78. I want the assholes number in Idaho. I may end up with the family farm some day (hopefully) and I am not liking their BS

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:47pm
  79. more like the burning times

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:49pm
  80. Flint – I called his office. Thank you for the number

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:50pm
  81. Bullshitt

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:50pm
  82. filthy bigots should be ashamed! Let’s discriminate them? Guess they wanna feel how it is to be persecuted and oppressed. If there is a God, then i’m sure it’s thinking in terms of love not in terms of gender. Who are those religious always so sexobsessed? Always snoopin between the sheets of others. Yuck, they disgust me!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:50pm
  83. Sick bigot!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:52pm
  84. Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:53pm
  85. Welcome to the dark ages is correct.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:54pm
  86. as long as we are allowed secular discrimination against religion…

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:56pm
  87. And they wonder why their party is in shambles and burning quicker than a KKK cross.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:57pm
  88. So if it’s against my religion to have bigoted lawmakers, does the senator have to step down? Sounds fair to me if he does!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:58pm
  89. And this is what lawmakers think of to do? How about doing something that actually does some good like feeding the hungry and making homes affordable for the homeless.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:00pm
  90. redneck right wing. lol

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:00pm
  91. Because it is so Christian to discriminate against others–poor, sick, hungry, gay.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:00pm
  92. lose the hate TN

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:01pm
  93. Why are they all wasting taxpayer dollars on these hollow gestures? These laws are patently unconstitutional, and will be struck down by the courts in no time.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:01pm
  94. Why? So stupid I would not take my monies where it’s not wanted anyway.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:02pm
  95. Stay out of the south Gay people. Look at what they did to African Americans. Next you will have your own drinking fountains. The south hasn’t grown as much as people think

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:02pm
  96. Well…… I’m introducing legislation to discriminate against Tenn. lawmakers, so there.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:02pm
  97. and i thought i met demon kids

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:03pm
  98. So Tenn. abounds with people who practice “religionless Christianity.” The real Christians now know they have a fertile ground on which to spread the true meaning of the love of God.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:04pm
  99. Fine they keep introducing these bills my religion will allow me to discriminate against heterosexuals.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:05pm
  100. What have we ever done to hurt you?

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:06pm
  101. I am SOOOOO sick of this crap….. stop the hatred….act like Christians and start spreading love, feeding the poor, and helping the needy.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:08pm
  102. Let’s start descriminating against religion. Eye for an eye not good, but in this case, I’m for it.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:10pm
  103. NO NO NO discrimination for civil rights has been dealt with, stop going backwards.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:13pm
  104. GOD im so ashamed to be from here.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:13pm
  105. This is disgusting.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:15pm
  106. I think the Constitution has something to say about that.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:15pm
  107. so glad I don’t live there..

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:16pm
  108. so then there will be businesses who will want to stop business with blacks or asians we are on such a slippery slope this is a bill designed out of pure hatred and giving it backbone for the spineless creating it

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:17pm
  109. Because that would be the Christian thing to do if Christ were Satan.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:17pm
  110. Loool das funny. good luck with dat…

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:17pm
  111. The question nobody seems to be asking is “Why are Religious groups constitutionally protected from discrimination AND have tax exempt status – when RELIGION IS A CHOICE!” If they want to argue that Homosexuality is a choice and therefore should not be protected from discrimination – then the same argument holds true for Religious Groups.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:21pm
  112. TN sucks

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:21pm
  113. Kansas, now Tennessess.. let the lawsuits begin!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:22pm
  114. What a shame .

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:22pm
  115. Fuck this whole Government. What ever happened to everyone treated equal? We have rights, just like you do. We will get thru this. Remember African Americans were not allowed to use the same things as the white people, women were not allowed to vote, and they said we would never land on the moon. Well, look at that. We proved them all wrong.,.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:22pm
  116. I am so happy I lift Tennessee now my parents trying to get me to go back hell no.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:26pm
  117. It is truly tiime for the LGBT of America to take a stand. To start such things as sit ins, occupy buildings…etc. this is just fucking nuts. The right-wing religious and their fucking bigoted hatred based on a book that should be outlawed iin a sensible world.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:26pm
  118. Kansas goes in front of the Senate today!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:28pm
  119. These laws will be struck down.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:32pm
  120. Unfathomable

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:33pm
  121. Imagine if lawmakers actually tried passing bills that made a difference. Jesus fucking christ.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:37pm
  122. First amendment…

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:39pm
  123. Lawmaker introduce bills allowing hatemonguring! Whats next? Refusal to serve blacks?

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:40pm
  124. It has become all too obvious that these religious freaks could not give the first shit about the United States constitution, “separation of church and state,” or the rights of their fellow citizens. Somebody of the proper authority seriously needs to step up and remind these arrogant medieval relics that their personal religious beliefs do NOT speak for everybody else. Religious faith is a personally held belief, NOTHING MORE! It does NOT dictate how laws are mandated in this country, and it certainly is NOT a tool for these ignorant assholes to wield by way of oppressing other people they happen to disapprove of! This stupid outdated crap needs to stop, and these judgmental, deluded idiots need to be put in their place once and for all! Enough is enough!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:46pm
  125. The state of Tennessee is ASS Backwards!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:47pm
  126. Lol im really starting to fucking hate this country

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:48pm
  127. separation of church and state definitely not being observed in tennesee!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:49pm
  128. whats next witch burning?

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:49pm
  129. strange how back around the 1st century to 3rd century ad christians were the ones persecuted. now in the 21st century ad now the christians do the persecuting, ain’t that a kick in the ass! :S

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:52pm
  130. That’s fine. Shut down their nonprofit status! ! ! ! !

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:52pm
  131. The new segregation.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:54pm
  132. This pisses me off!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:54pm
  133. Well f*** them!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:58pm
  134. Disgusting

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:03pm
  135. Ignorance at large.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:04pm
  136. What the hell!!! In my state they just passed a similar bill I signed a petition to revoke it that is motherfing stupid and it infringes on the rights of people!!! Damm I am mad at Brownback that guy started that stupid bill now it’s spreading im in KS dammit stupid religious bigots I HATE YOU

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:05pm
  137. ISN’T GOING TO WORK ASS HOLES!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:06pm
  138. They are doing the same bs in Kansas!

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:06pm
  139. Damn Bible Belt people….Seems they don’t want to move into the 21st Century.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:08pm
  140. Sad. Tenn. has lost the meaning of love and dignity for all. It will come back to bite them.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:15pm
  141. Are we just sitting around reading this shit and doing nothing? Seriously, we need to stand together and stop this insanity. Its only going to get much worse unless something is done.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:18pm
  142. 14th Amendment violation. Unconstitutional. Desperate RWNJs grasping at straws. Move along, nothing to see here…

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:22pm
  143. And the South again appoints itself God-in-Chief.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:28pm
  144. Welcome to Cameroon, USA! Back to the “dark ages!”

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:35pm
  145. Sad he is so close minded.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:36pm
  146. Wtf

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:53pm
  147. this is sad and bigoted. Amazing how one state away in KY there is progress made to accept what should not be changed and that is LOVE is for ALL not for those who have a different moral and religious code.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:56pm
  148. 1792 French Solution.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:14pm
  149. Bible banging cunts. Need to mind there own fucking business if they don’t like it fine but there bigotry will only make them hated

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:21pm
  150. Sorry, it’s a violation of my beliefs to provide services to Christians. Move along.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:34pm
  151. Well then if religious people can discriminate against us then one can reasonably assume that we can discriminate against them. Tennessee is fucked

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:44pm
  152. Blah blah that all I hear when Stupidity is being passed along … Tenn you suck … Stupidity is Tenn family values !

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:59pm
  153. And now I will start discriminating against religious people.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:03pm
  154. Bible toting bigots

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:03pm
  155. With all the sick garbage I’ve seen and heard of in Tennessee, this comes as no surprise.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:08pm
  156. Don’t guess I will be visiting that state.. This all makes me sick to my stomach and heart

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:11pm
  157. they shouldn’t do that

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:44pm
  158. CIVIL RIGHTS? How will you determine if someone is gay?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:36am
  159. No all male business lunches or dinners allowed!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:37am
  160. Seperation of church and state , what part of that don’t they understand!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:41am
  161. Can we start banning these American Taliban zealots from being served at businesses too?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:48am
  162. Let’s hope Obama gets to appoint some new Supreme Court justices (most of whom are currently Catholic) before his term in office ends. That’s where this case going.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:52am
  163. This is amazing I don’t have to pay my taxes or make a house payment, why didn’t they do this earlier so I could have saved a crap load of money? I get to go to other states and spending money! Geez I could have moved to another state and spent all of my money there!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:53am
  164. Bastards

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:53am
  165. no

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:59am
  166. ahahahhahahaaa!! I’ve been wondering how to get rid of that ridiculous ‘blarney stone possession’ for a while. Look out Tenessee! things get bigger when the are astrally removed from their resting place and dropped on that ugly COPY of the Washington Pride!! fukk you and all ya Ku Klux Klanna memories to the disgraceful. EVACUATE THAT BUILDING NOW OBAMA AND NATIONAL GUARD!!! INCOOoooOOOoooOOOMING!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 1:16am
  167. separation of CHURCH AND STATE IS THE FOUNDING LAW OF YOUR USA

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 1:24am
  168. Not good.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 1:34am
  169. I just can’t believe this. If you wanna be religious, be religious. But keep it out of your business. And do any of these Christians actually read the bible. Cause their are so many things that are outlawed, that the bible accepts.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 1:36am
  170. Yeah Kim it sure seems that way! Many, many neo-confederates trying to romanticize the “cause” and live in a fantasy.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 1:58am
  171. All the wasted money and effort to promote hate. They have already lost in the long run.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 2:29am
  172. Fuck them

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 2:36am
  173. F**** Tn.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 2:39am
  174. Because the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution does not allow for any laws that prevent religious freedom, this bill is unconstitutional.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 2:39am
  175. Why must we allow discrimination at all? This is a very slippery slope! For discrimination against gay people then women the black people I guess they won’t be happy till they piss off every segment of society!

    Personally this queer has no need for hypercritical religious organizations and haven’t step foot inside any church since I was forced to as a child and have no intention of ever stepping foot in a church.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 2:46am
  176. That dawg won’t hunt in the courts. Kansas had the good sense to squash some similar teabagger idiocy.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 2:54am
  177. Do these people have anything else to do but spend tax payer money

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 3:09am
  178. I avoid all them states like that like the plague

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 3:11am
  179. LOOK YOU DUMB MOTHERFUCKERS THERE IS 2 THINGS CALLED THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION THAT FORBIDS THE CHURCHES FROM BEING INVOLVED IN POLITICS GET OVER SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS ARE NOW CONSIDERED NORMAL NOW HOPE ALL YOU HATERS DIE SLOWLY

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 3:29am
  180. Jesus will be so pleased…..

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 3:32am
  181. Fucking moron

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 3:48am
  182. The thing is this is like a 2 edged sword. Businesses with people who don’t care about that crap should take advantage of this rubbish and take the business and run with it. Then who will be laughing?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 3:53am
  183. The GOPS last stand! Fools.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 4:27am
  184. The thing with the south is the old white men are dying…. that’s its only hope.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 5:34am
  185. This “lawmaker” is 30 something Republican.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 5:58am
  186. If this passes, all federal aid to Tennessee should be cut until they do the right thing. This lawmaker is a civil rights terrorist.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6:27am
  187. who the fuck needs RELIGION

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:13am
  188. Separation of Church and State !

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:52am
  189. sick and perpetrator of hate

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:02am
  190. What would you expect from the “Bible Belt”?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:50am
  191. I should be able to discriminate against Christians or any religious nut that hates me and my wife in the name of their God… Oh that’s right these religious zealots will be the first to cry foul and say I can’t do that.. What hypocrites

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 11:03am
  192. NOT American!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 11:11am
  193. Do gays get to discriminate against Christians?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:03pm
  194. religious extremists ruin everything

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:18pm
  195. THIS IS HORSE SHIT !!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:30pm
  196. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO DIVISION OF CHURCH AND STATE PLUS I DONT THINK THE POPE WOULD LIKE THIS

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 1:23pm
  197. I live in tn. Imagine living here. Before this was put in motion it was still like this. Now its just legal. I hate this state.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 1:32pm
  198. yea that means our church can treat them as missfits

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 2:09pm
  199. Then the churches should pay Tenn.state taxes if this should happen.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 2:10pm
  200. if they are going to make it Legal to discriminate against me because of religion, then I can discriminate against people based on their religion. that is how I see it *SNAP*

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 2:22pm
  201. I wouldn’t want to associate my religion with hate or discrimination, but I suppose most of the world does. That’s a shame.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 2:27pm
  202. the United States Governement needs to take away TAX FREE STATUS from all Religious Organizations because they are absolutely affecting the Politics of the United States of America…and…and…and…they are affecting the men on the Supreme Court of the United States of America…and…and…and…Religion in America has turned out to be about money(tax free), exploitation of children because they want to brainwash these children so they can not think outside of the christian cult, and they want power, that is, the power to influence government…and…and…and…control the adult population as to what is right and what is wrong…Spirituality is not Religion and I am not against anyone in prayer, but in America, Religion falls into a multimillion dollar, and billion dollar powerplay as to who has more money and who is giving more to the Right Wing Christian Republican Party: and…and…and…that ain’t Religion…

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 2:27pm
  203. Oh poor babies are so scared!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 2:39pm
  204. KEEP RELIGION OUT OF POLITICS. Religion hurts more people than anything! SCREW RELIGION! HUMAN RIGHTS I VOTE FOR!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 3:08pm
  205. This State Senator dropped this legislation due to backlash from constituents. But LGBTQ Nation won’t report that!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 3:11pm