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Thanks for the valentine heart. Really did make my day.


Anti-gay bill and Rep. Richard Floyd's remarks draw fire in Nashville

Chattanooga Times Free Press-


NASHVILLE — The father of a young gay college student, whose 1998 murder in Wyoming spurred national discussion about hate crimes, said today that Tennessee and several other states have “become a bully pulpit in more ways than one.”

Dennis Shepard, who son was killed in Wyoming due to, according to court testimony, his sexual orientation, said two pending bills dealing with gay issues “disturb me” and he urged state lawmakers to work instead “toward an all-inclusive law toward hate crimes.”

Shepard’s comments came at a news conference at Legislative Plaza where he spoke out specifically against a bill that seeks to create a religious exemption in the state’s anti-school bullying law and another measure known as the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The amended bill says teachers can only discuss “natural reproduction” with students in grades K-8.

On another front, Shepard was critical of recent remarks made by Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, who has introduced legislation barring transgender persons from using public restrooms and store dressing rooms if they do not fit the gender listed on their original birth certificate.

My comment:
In Tennessee there is a bill being considered that would grant a "religious exemption" to the anti-bullying law, making it possible for students to bully gay students and say that it was their "religious belief" and therefore avoid prosecution under the law. Another bill would prevent teachers from discussing homosexual relationships.

There is a poll on the linked page relating to the story if you want to give a little DU love.

Transgender people must use birth-gender bathroom, says Chattanooga lawmakers’ bill

from the Chattanooga Times Free Press


NASHVILLE — A Chattanooga lawmaker says he makes no apologies for his bill that prohibits transgender people from using use public bathrooms and dressing rooms that don’t match the gender listed on their birth certificates.

Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, said today he introduced the bill after reading a news article about a Texas woman who said she was fired from Macy’s after blocking a male teen dressed as a woman from using a dressing room.

“It could happen here,” Floyd said. “I believe if I was standing at a dressing room and my wife or one of my daughters was in the dressing room and a man tried to go in there — I don’t care if he thinks he’s a woman and tries on clothes with them in there — I’d just try to stomp a mudhole in him and then stomp him dry.”

Floyd’s bill, sponsored by Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, in the Senate, makes such acts a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a $50 fine.


my comment: there is a poll on that page if you want to pass on a little DU love...

Katniss Everdeen vs. Lisbeth Salander

straight up fight to the death on neutral ground - who you got?

Hamilton County Commissioner Fred Skillern jokes on rolling back voting rights

Newspaper: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Link: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/dec/08/skillern-jokes-on-rolling-back-voting-rights/

4 paragraph exert:
"I said, 'Why don't we go back to the Constitution when the only voters were white male property owners?'" he said when reached by phone.

Party volunteer Phil Phillips said he was surprised to hear something like that from a county commissioner.

During the meeting, commissioners had voted 7-2 against asking the Tennessee General Assembly to amend or repeal the voter ID law passed earlier this year. Phillips, a 56-year-old Harrison resident, addressed commissioners during the public comment period. He said the requirements are cumbersome and affect a range of registered voters, regardless of party affiliation.

The Republican-controlled state Legislature earlier this year passed the voter ID law, which they sold as a deterrent for voter fraud. The law requires that voters present certain types of qualified state IDs and provides free ones for voting purposes for those who don't already have them and can't afford them.


My comment: I posted this earlier, but I forgot to add in the url or newspaper; I'm trying it again to try to understand better how new du3 works. So, it is an experiment. The "boxes" to put that information in aren't here on du3.

I first posted it because I found the remark shocking. The issue of requiring photo ID to vote is an important one nationally, and especially in Tennessee where people over age 60 aren't required to have a photo on their driver's license. So this can really disenfranchise older and poorer voters.

du3mobile is great on kindle 3g

slow to load. but very readable. e ink is a joy now for du. I think the different rec functions slow down loading posts a bit. it is slow to load forum lists but faster to reload it. thanks for including the mobile feature. that is a great plus for du. great for reading.

rec'd 'em?

Damn near killed 'em.

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