TN Lawmaker Under Fire For Religous Freedom Bill

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(Memphis) State Senator Brian Kelsey wants to make sure businesses and others with strong religious beliefs against gay marriage are protected, but one gay and lesbian group says a new bill he is proposing would give them the right to discriminate.

The Religious Freedom Act states no person or religious or denominational organization should be required to provide certain services related to the celebration of any civil union or marriage not recognized by the state.

"Currently the law in place was adopted by over Tennessee voters in 2006 with over 80 percent voting in favor of marriage being between one man and woman. If that were to change then this would be necessary to protect the religious freedom of those who have different view," said Brian Kelsey

An organization that protects the rights of gays, lesbians and transgender people in Tennessee says people have the right to refuse goods and services, but not based on a person's status.

"People can maintain their beliefs, but to refuse goods and services because of someone's opinion of someone's orientation is pretty ridiculous," said Jonathan Cole with The Tennessee Equality Project.

Cole says he's concerned because the bill includes denying services for things like counseling, adoption, foster care and other social services.

"This bill is broadly worded it’s going to violate the rights of lesbian couples around Tennessee," said Cole.

Kelsey says every state that has adopted some same-sex union has provided for a religious freedom exception.

He says, ultimately,  it's about protecting the religious freedoms of all.


  • What did the fox say?

    What other people do behind close doors, is their business not mine. Everyone has the right to live that which is their truths. Something’s are accepted by society some are not. Just because one disagrees with another point of view, should not get in the way of loving, caring, helping, support one another simply because we’re human.

  • Freedomwasawesome

    Wow they are censoring my post. I’ve tried many times. I wonder which word is the on the radar go\/3rnment or g/\y

    • Freedomwasawesome

      That’s what I’m talking about right there the man above is free say a hateful thing like Christian Taliban but I’d better not say anything that could be perceived neg about G/\Y

  • Freedomwasawesome

    Private business should have the right do do as they please

    What if a g/\y owned print shop was asked by a church to print g/\y is a s1n flyers? I bet no one would tbink they should be made to print them by the g0\/ernment.

    I don’t!

    If you don’t like what the business stands for don’t shop there

  • R. E.

    I agree with Freedom. I choose to be a Christian because I totally believe the Bible is the only eternal truth. I cannot hate the sinner because we are all sinners. However, I choose to draw closer to those who believe as I do, and we continually pray for those who have not recognized their actions as sinful. God instructed us to “….love the sinner, but hate the sin”. I would not try to cram my beliefs down anyone’s throat. In turn, no one else has the right to require me to abandon my beliefs in God simply for the sake of a social issue. That is not discrimination; it is living the way God expects us to live.

Comments are closed.