Surrounded by their donors and key volunteers on September 9 at Provence in downtown Nashville, the Tennessee Equality Project launched their campaign to defeat the proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that would define marriage as one man and one woman.
Almost 100 guests listened as TEP board member Becci Cantrell, who has a Vermont civil union with her partner Paige, and Michael Mitchell the former executive director of Equality Utah, made the case for fighting the amendment.
Since July of this year, TEP has raised just over $20,000 in gifts and pledges for its marriage and legislative initiatives.
“TEP will reach out to hundreds of thousands of people across Tennessee before November 2006,” said spokesperson Chris Sanders. “The GLBT community and our allies will emerge from this campaign with the strongest network for equality that our state has ever seen.”