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Nashville Council Takes Up ‘Don’t Say Gay,’ Discrimination Override

The Metro Nashville City Council has two items on its Tuesday agenda that relate to legislatilon in the General Assembly earlier this year, reports the City Paper. Both are sponsored by council members soon to be losing their seats
(Jamie) Hollin, the outgoing District 5 Metro councilman, has introduced a memorializing resolution to recognize local high school students who protested the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
It’s similar legislation to the resolution two council conservatives worked to defeat five weeks ago, igniting a now-legendary verbal tirade from Hollin that began on the council floor, spilled to the council’s back rooms and ended in the courthouse parking garage.
…In a separate item, Councilwoman Kristine LaLonde has sponsored a memorializing resolution to request that 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.

Nashville Councilman’s ‘Profanity-laced Rant’ & the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

Metro Councilman Jamie Hollin erupted into a profanity-laced rant after Tuesday night’s council meeting when a resolution he had penned was killed by two of his peers, reports The Tennessean.
Hollin wrote a resolution that would have honored the high school students who protested against House Bill 600, the so-called “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” that passed in the state legislature earlier this year.
Hollin missed a committee meeting Tuesday that would have paved the way for a council vote on the resolution. When he attempted to suspend the rules and hold a council-wide vote, as had been done for two earlier resolutions that didn’t pass through committee, Councilmen Jim Gotto — also a state representative — and Phil Claiborne objected.
The motion to suspend the rules failed. Hollin then rose from his seat and began to yell at the councilmen before storming out of the chambers. The meeting adjourned minutes later.
Outside of the chambers, Hollin confronted Claiborne, cursing at him and accusing him of objecting to the resolution on biblical grounds. Other council members and police guarding the council chambers attempted to calm Hollin down before he ultimately left the building.
Hollin then went to the parking garage, where he waited for the councilmen.
During a confrontation with Gotto, Hollin continued to pelt Gotto with expletives that echoed through the garage.
“That’s it. There is no next meeting. That is it,” Hollin said of the resolution that he later said would effectively die. “Does that make you feel good?”