Several proposed bills that are in a legislative committee in the state of Tennessee are the focus of debates by LGBT groups. LGBT is an acronym that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.
One of the groups opposed to the proposed bills are the members of the Tennessee Equality Project of Rutherford County. Group members met on the grounds of the Rutherford County Courthouse in Murfreesboro Monday morning (3/20/17).
The proposed bills deal with marriage between a man and a woman and parents being called a mother and father as opposed to two mothers or two fathers.
Another bill has been labeled by some as the Anti-Transgender Student Bathroom Bill. This bill requires students to use restrooms according to the sex designation on their birth certificates and not according to their gender identity.
Some of the bills will be voted on this week. There were only about 15 to 20 people in attendance.
According to the Tennessee Equality Project of Rutherford County, the bills include the following:
SB30/HB33. The LGBT Erasure Bill. By requiring that the words "father," "mother," "husband," and "wife" be given their natural and ordinary meaning, this bill interferes with the identities and families of LGBT people.
SB127/HB54. The Business License to Discriminate Bill. This subtly worded piece of legislation actually opens the door to allowing businesses and nonprofits to discriminate in their HR and benefit policies while using taxpayer dollars.
SB752/HB892. The Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act states the policy of Tennessee to defend marriage as only between one man and one woman regardless of what the courts say.
SB771/HB888. The Anti-Transgender Student Bathroom Bill. This bill requires students to use restrooms according to the sex designation on their birth certificates and not according to their gender identity.
SB1085/HB1111. The Sneaky LGBT Erasure Bill. This bill does everything that SB30/HB33 does while trying to hide the effects upon the LGBT community from the public.
SB1153/HB1406. The Attack on Parenthood Bill. This bill repeals statute that deems a child born to a married woman as a result of artificial insemination, with consent of the married woman's husband, to be the legitimate child of the husband and wife. This bill is directed at lesbian couples and could affect other couples.