House Passes Override of Nashville Discrimination Ordinance

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The House has passed a bill that would void a Nashville ordinance barring companies that discriminate against gays and lesbians from doing business with the city.
The measure sponsored by Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklin was approved 73-24 on Monday.
The proposal would prohibit local governments from creating anti-discrimination laws that are stricter than the state’s own laws.
Under state law it is illegal to discriminate against a person because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age or national origin.
The Nashville ordinance prohibits companies that discriminate because of sexual orientation or gender identity from receiving city contracts. It does not apply to local governments’ hiring policies for their own workers.
An amendment to remove Nashville from the proposed legislation failed Monday.

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