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Sneaky Tennessee Bill Could Affect Gay Marriage and Adoption Laws

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Tennessee bill HB-1111 is causing alarm with LGBT advocacy groups. The bill, which passed through the House yesterday, has language not unlike another bill HB-33 which explicitly discriminates against the LGBT community. HB-1111 was introduced after public outrage over the explicit language of HB-33, but could still have the same effect.

Here is a comparison of the language of the two bills:

HB-1111 (Excerpt)

undefined words shall be given their natural and ordinary meaning, without forced or subtle construction that would limit or extend the meaning of the language, except when a contrary intention is clearly manifest

HB-33 (Excerpt)

the words “husband”, “wife”, “mother”, and “father” shall be given their natural and ordinary meaning, without forced or subtle construction that would limit or extend the meaning of the language and that are based on the biological distinctions between men and women, except when a contrary intention is clearly manifest

LGBT group Tennessee Equality Project published a statement about the bill:

“The similarities are not a coincidence.  After the backlash that followed the obviously anti-LGBT SB30/HB33, there was a shift to HB-1111.”

HB-1111 passed in the house Thursday by a vote of 70-23 and is going back to the Senate for third and final consideration.

 

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