Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tennessee Rep. Mark White's Comments Just Don't Cut It

        Tennessee State Representative Mark White - who represents portions of East Memphis - told Memphis News Channel 3 yesterday that he voted for HB600 - the bill that nullifies Metro-Nashvilles non-discrimination ordinance because he believes two things. First,

"I look at it as local government interfering with a person's right to have equal access to all business." Representative Mark White voted in favor of the bill. He believes Nashville's ordinance was biased and says the new law doesn't discriminate but allows all companies to do business in the state.
     and second,

"Everybody has equal protection under the law. We don't need to be out defining law based upon everybody's preference of what they are or what they are not"
     I already addressed his first issue with the bill in yesterdays post, but it was his second statement that really gave me rise. "Everybody has equal protection under the law". Oh really, Representative White, everybody? Do you mean that in Tennessee someone cannot be fired for being gay, lesbian, or transgender? You must know Mr. White, that regardless of the quality of work that an individual does, he or she can be legally fired because the boss might have a problem with their "lifestyle". Thats equal protection? I think not.

      Additionally, the fact that he even stated that "we don't need to be out defining law based upon everybody's preference of what they are or what they are not" really shows his lack of understanding of human sexuality. I would encourage Representative White to think and do some research on the issues before he makes such statements.

    I would encourage everyone who reads this to send a  respectful note to Representative White, telling him how we as the LGBT community feels about these statements. He can be reached at rep.mark.white@capitol.tn.gov

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