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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hands off our civil rights!

It's absolutely outrageous.
The Tennessee legislature just passed a bill repealing Nashville's civil rights protections for its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens. But it gets worse -- the bill would also ban cities across Tennessee from passing any further civil rights legislation ever again.
The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce -- led by nationally known companies like Nissan, Caterpillar, Comcast, FedEx, AT&T, and Whirlpool -- actively lobbied for this legislation that specifically targets LGBT Americans.
The Governor of Tennessee still can veto this bill before it becomes law -- click here to sign our petition to these companies, telling them to oppose this legislation and do whatever they can to get the Governor to veto it.
We'll make sure the companies hear about this petition as we cover it on our blog -- and then we'll turn up the pressure by going after each company individually.
While other minorities already have civil rights protections under federal law, gay and trans Americans do not. This bill was intended as a direct swipe at LGBT Americans -- it was written by the religious right -- and it was supported by some of the top companies in the world.
It's time to put these companies on notice -- if there's one thing the gay and trans community and our allies are good at, it's sending a message to corporate America when those businesses embrace bigotry. Let's send them a message they'll never forget.
Click here to tell them, "Hands off our civil rights!"
Thanks for taking action,
John Aravosis and Joe Sudbay, AMERICAblog

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