American political adviser and gay rights activist John Aravosis has spoken out on his blog Americablog about the recent development of Tennessee’s "Special Access to Discriminate Act" (HB600). The proposal would void a Nashville ordinance barring companies that discriminate against gays and lesbians from doing business with the city.
In yesterday’s post, he noted the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce’s involvement with the bill and the organization’s corporate connections:
The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce – chaired by Nissan, and whose other board members include such companies as FedEx, AT&T, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, KPMG, Whirlpool, Embraer, Alcoa, and United HealthCare – actively lobbied for a religious right bill in the Tennessee legislature that would rescind Nashville’s civil rights protections for its gay and trans citizens, and which bans every city in Tennessee from passing any civil rights laws, for anyone, ever again.
A link available at Aravosis’ blog entry allows opponents on this bill to sign a letter addressed to these companies.