Sponsor of controversial Tennessee adoption bill has 2nd bill aimed at LGBT community

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01/17/2020

A Tennessee lawmaker who earlier this week passed a controversial measure that lets faith-based agencies reject LGBT couples wishing to adopt or provide foster care to children has yet a second bill roiling advocacy groups. They charge Republican Sen. Paul Rose’s “Business Protection Act” would create a government-created “license to discriminate” against the LGBT community. Rose’s bill seeks to bar cities and counties from tying local government contracts or taxpayer-funded incentives to companies’ employee pay, health and “anti-discrimination policies.” House members passed the bill in 2019 amid an uproar from Democrats in the GOP-controlled chamber. But it stalled in the upper chamber after sponsor Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, said he wouldn’t press it, saying he introduced it as a last-minute favor to House Rep. Jason Zachary, R-Knoxville, and was looking to hand the measure off to someone else.

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