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Only One Abortion Clinic in Nashville Remains

The Women’s Center, one of only two remaining abortion clinics in Nashville, is no longer taking patients and officially closed its doors last weekend because the owner is selling the building. It is not known if the clinic will reopen.

Tennessee Right to Life praised the closure noting, “approximately 70,000 unborn children have been killed [at the facility] while an equal number of mothers and families have been irreparably affected forever.”

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman also praised the closure saying, “We are so glad to see this notorious abortion facility finally shut down and congratulate all pro-life supporters who have faithfully prayed and worked toward this end.”

Nashville’s Planned Parenthood is the only abortion clinic remaining in Tennessee’s capital city. There are currently six other abortion clinics in Tennessee.

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Drag Queen ‘Rainbow Reading’ Program Hosted in Clarksville

Equality Clarksville, an LGBT advocacy group, hosted a “Rainbow Reading” event last Sunday at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Library and advertised it as being open to children of all ages.

The event featured “accepting and affirming” books and readings by local drag queen Jessica Monroe, who dressed as Elsa from the movie Frozen. Equality Clarksville has been hosting monthly events at the library since April.

Joydianne Damiani, chair of Equality Clarksville, called the event “family-friendly,” and further added, “It’s not in your face; it’s subtle.”

T.L. “Drew” Kreuser, events committee chair, explained what was meant by the term family: “We know that the term family means many different things and may include one or more parents of the same or different genders. We recognize and embrace different types of family units.”

But while some may tout Equality Clarksville’s reading program as “inclusive,” Rep. Jay Dean Reedy (R-Erin) calls it what it is: “social indoctrination.” He went on to say, “[T]his is not how our children should be taught to love reading. This is totally agenda driven, not age appropriate, and I am disappointed that our public library has become a focal point for such activity.”

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Yesterday’s Primary and What’s Coming Up Next

Tennesseans were brought one step closer to the end of the 2018 election season yesterday.

Campaigns for local offices concluded yesterday and the nominees for all state and federal offices are now set. Campaign weary candidates and voters can now rest for perhaps a week or two.

In the races with statewide implications, Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean will face off for Governor, and Republican Marsha Blackburn will face off against Democrat Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senator.

When the Legislature reconvenes in January, we will see at least 27 new Representatives among the 99 members of the House and four new Senators among the 33 members of the Senate.

Our congratulations to all who won and our thanks to all who offered themselves to us for our consideration. Choosing to run for office in our current climate is not an easy thing.

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Where Do the Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on the Issues?

Compare participating gubernatorial candidates Diane Black, Randy Boyd, Bill Lee, and Kay White by watching their videos and find out the answers to these questions: What do Tennessee’s governor candidates think about embracing gender identity theory? Who would Tennessee’s governor candidates nominate for the state Supreme Court? Which candidate for Tennessee’s governor ducked the “social issues”? Which Tennessee governor candidates weren’t afraid to address the “social issues”? Watch the gubernatorial videos and don’t forget to share the link with your friends and family members.

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Rehearing Requested in Tennessee Marriage Lawsuit

The lawyer representing five Williamson County residents today filed a Petition for Rehearing regarding last week’s decision by the Tennessee Court of Appeals in Nashville upholding the dismissal of the lawsuit in which the plaintiffs had asked Circuit Judge Joseph A. Woodruff to declare the status of Tennessee’s marriage licensing statutes after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

In filing the petition, the counsel for the plaintiffs, David Fowler, said, “According to court rules, rehearings are allowed when the parties ‘have not been heard’ on ‘matters of law’ that are ‘open to dispute’ and on which a court ‘relied’ in reaching its decision.”

In this case, Fowler said, “the court determined how Obergefell should be interpreted when the only question before the court was whether the plaintiffs had a right to be heard on the issue of interpretation. In other words, we believe the court decided the merits of the lawsuit—how Obergefell should be interpreted—without the parties being heard on that issue. We believe this creates serious due process issues.”

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