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Nashville LGBT Businesses Get Legally Recognized

Nashville Mayor David Briley signed an executive order this week making LGBT-owned businesses a preference in Metro procurement and contracting. Nashville is the first city in the South to do this.

Said Briley, “We want to make sure that in this moment of prosperity, that no matter who you love or what you look like or no matter what your background or gender . . . you have a level playing field and fair shot at prosperity.”

Regrettably, contrary to the mayor’s stated intent, the executive order will result in preferences for LGBT-owned businesses and discriminate negatively against all others. Moreover, this will affect businesses located in other cities that do business with Nashville.

For the last two years, Family Action of Tennessee, the legislative arm of The Family Action Council of Tennessee, worked on legislation that would have prevented this kind of bias. It passed the Senate, but the effort failed in a House subcommittee. The bill has been reintroduced this year as Senate Bill 364/House Bill 569.

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Nashville Council Issues Biblical Manifesto on Sexuality

The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) issued a statement Tuesday that clearly establishes the biblical standard for human sexuality. This is particularly welcome in light of so many Christian leaders either equivocating on or outright affirming the homosexual and transgender lifestyle.

The “Nashville Statement,” as it has been labeled by CBMW, approaches a very sensitive matter in our culture today with love and mercy, yet from a sound historical and biblical perspective. Additionally, given the readability of the document, it can be used by the average lay person who wants a better understanding of these key biblical principles. The CBMW is to be commended for taking on this task.

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TN House Votes to Rebuke Nashville and Memphis

Nashville and Memphis city governments don’t like the state’s criminal marijuana possession law. They could ask the state to let them make possession a local civil offense, but that’s too much trouble and the Legislature might not agree. So they simply passed ordinances anyway, letting police officers decide to circumvent the state’s criminal law by citing offenders for a civil violation of a city ordinance on the subject. Thursday, the state House voted overwhelmingly to “repeal” the local ordinances. Speaker Beth Harwell, who is considering a bid for governor and, as such, would be charged with faithfully executing the state’s laws, voted with the Democrats and five other Republicans to allow the cities to continue flaunting the state’s law.

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Trump Holds Rally in Nashville

On Wednesday, about 100 state lawmakers joined President Trump during his visit to The Hermitage to commemorate Andrew Jackson’s 250th birthday. Later Trump spoke for 40 minutes at a rally attended by thousands in downtown Nashville about healthcare, immigration, and jobs. Sen. Mark Green (R-Clarksville), who gave one of the speeches at the rally before Trump took the stage, is under strong consideration to be Trump’s pick for U.S. Secretary of the Army.

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