Nashville Council Honors Protesters, Backs Lawsuit

Nashville’s City Council delayed a vote on whether to call for the resignation of embattled Davidson County Court Clerk John Arriola Tuesday night, says the City Paper, but did act on a couple of other calls.
• The Metro Council voted 23-10 to approve a non-binding memorializing resolution to honor local high school students who protested the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill during the state legislative session.
The resolution, sponsored by Councilman Jamie Hollin, came six weeks after a similar measure failed at the behest of two conservative colleagues, igniting a verbal tirade from Hollin.
• The council voted 26-9 to approve a non-binding memorializing resolution sponsored by Councilwoman Kristine LaLonde that requests the Metro Department of Law file an amicus brief in support of an ongoing suit over the constitutionality of the state’s Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act.
The law, passed this year by the Republican-dominated state legislature, nullified Metro’s nondiscrimination law that required city contractors to provide employment protections for gay, lesbian and transgender employees.

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