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Nashville Passes Gay Non-Discrimination Business Ordinance

April 6th, 2011 Joseph Pedro
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The Nashville Metro Council approved a measure that would limit discrimination against LGBT people. The council voted 21-15 to require that contractors doing business in the city not discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

“The message it sends is that if you’re talented and willing to work, you’re welcome in Nashville, Tennessee,” said Chris Sanders of the Tennessee Equality Project. The measure narrowly passed, it needed 21 members to pass, which, thankfully, it received.

Nashville now joins Atlanta, Louisville, Austin, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Seattle, and many other cities in ensuring that their city is doing business with inclusive and accepting business partners. “This is a great step to show that we truly believe in equality,” Councilwoman Erica Gilmore said.

Nashville has already passed non-discrimination legislation back in 2009 protecting the city LGBT employees. [Tennessean]

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