‘The Tennessean’ urges readers to vote ‘No to discriminatory marriage amendment’

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The Tennessean, Middle Tennessee’s largest daily newspaper, has urged its readers to vote “no to discriminatory marriage amendment.”

The editorial, which appeared on page 16A of the Oct. 14 issue, calls the amendment “unfair and discriminatory.”  

Full text of the editorial can be read at The Tennessean’s site here.

“Racial discrimination was openly practiced in this country until the civil rights movement exposed it as a violation of everyone’s basic human rights. Tolerance of same-sex unions is no different. Its time has come. This amendment represents a time that has past. Vote "No" to Constitution Amendment No. 1,” wrote The Tennessean.

Christopher Sanders, president of the Tennessee Equality Project, said the endorsement was welcomed and consistent with the newspaper’s approach to GLBT issues.

“They (the Tennessean) have consistently opposed discrimination against our community,” he said. “They did a good job of presenting a common sense case that appeals to the values of all Tennesseans.”

Sanders said the Vote No on 1 campaign would be approaching other major newspapers across the state to seek endorsements against the amendment.

Those newspapers could include the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Nashville City Paper, the Nashville Scene and the Knoxville News Sentinel.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press had a July 16 editorial which urged its readers to defeat the amendment.

“The very idea of writing unequal treatment under the law into the state constitution deserves rejection. A defeat in Tennessee would also help curb a religiously motivated, national anti-civil rights movement,” that editorial said. You can read that editorial here.

The Memphis Flyer, an alternative weekly in Memphis, has come out against the amendment.

Both the Davidson County Democratic Party and the Shelby County Democratic Party have unanimously passed resolutions opposing Amendment 1.