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Tenn. wedding venue changes policy, will now host same-sex ceremonies

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
NOLENSVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee wedding venue that told two Iraq war veterans they could not host their commitment ceremony because same-sex marriage is illegal, has changed their policy and will now open their facilities to same-sex couples. ...

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Tenn. businesses encouraged to support state’s LGBT community

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Equality Project is starting a new initiative to encourage business to show support for the state’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. ...

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Gay couples turned away at marriage license offices in three Tenn. counties

Thursday, August 8, 2013
"I've never experienced this before, for a meeting to be adjourned before it even started," said Blount County Commissioner Karen Miller.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Same-sex couples in at least three Tennessee counties applied for marriage licenses on Wednesday in a project coordinated by the Tennessee Equality Project. ...

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Tennessee lawmaker delays ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, but not ‘backing off’

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The controversial "Don't Say Gay" bill, scheduled to be heard by the Tennessee state House Education Committee today, has been delayed for up to three weeks while the bill's sponsor works on its language. ...

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Assault complaint filed by gay couple attacked for attending church service

Monday, October 3, 2011
A gay Gibson County, Tenn., couple said they were assaulted when they tried to attend church services at the Grace Fellowship Church in Fruitland last week. Jerry Pittman, Jr., said the attacked was prompted by the pastor of the church ...

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TN lawmaker Campfield responds to Governor’s criticism of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Bill Haslam
Tennessee State Representative Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) is defending his "Don't Say Gay" bill from recent criticism by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. ...

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Critics say Tennessee lawmaker’s latest target is gay-straight alliances

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Stacey Campfield
Tennessee lawmaker Stacey Campfield has spent the better part of the last seven years in the Tennessee legislature fighting for the "Don't Say Gay" bill, a law aimed at prohibiting teachers from discussing homosexuality in kindergarten through 8th grade classrooms. ...

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Students protest Tennessee ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, while Senate delays vote — again

Thursday, May 12, 2011
Nashville students protest the Don't Say Gay bill on May 11.
The Tennessee state Senate adjourned Wednesday without voting on the "Don't Say Gay" bill, and now the bill's author, Sen. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) has put off Thursday's planned vote and rescheduled it for next week. ...

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Friday, May 6, 2011
In this new video campaign, takes aim at the Tennessee legislature, which is considering a controversial bill -- dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill -- that would prohibit teachers from discussing homosexuality in kindergarten through 8th grade classrooms. ...

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