Tell the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce: Hands off our civil rights!
National brands like Nissan, FedEx, and Comcast are actively pushing homophobia and literally taking away our civil rights -- it's time to put them on notice, and nip this in the bud before other states try to do the same.
Sign the open letter and tell corporate America: "Hands off our civil rights!"
The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, of which you are board members, actively lobbied for a bill just passed in the state's legislature repealing current, and banning future, municipal civil rights laws in the state.
As the Human Rights Campaign just noted, this bill, written by the religious right, was a thinly veiled effort to repeal civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents of the state: "Legislators took action based on their desire to limit the rights of a particular group - the LGBT community."
Your companies' embrace of this blatant discrimination is un-American and bad for business.
We demand that you issue an immediate statement withdrawing your support for HB 600/SB 632, and that you tell Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto this bill.
11585 total signers.
"Nissan, Comcast, FedEx, AT&T on verge of getting gay rights law pulled in Nashville," AMERICAblog, May 19, 2011.
"Bill bans Nashville measure against gay bias," Times Free Press, May 18, 2011.
"Tennessee Legislature Strips Right to Self-Govern From Cities and Counties," HRC, May 19, 2011.
"Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry supports Casada bill: Letter Expresses support of legislation that would overturn Metro's new non-discrimination ordinance," Out & About, May 4, 2011