The Big Lie rears its head again — and you won't hear a word from us about Goebbels. No, sir, this is a 100-percent red-blooded, red-stated American version, advanced by the Tennessee Tea Party and the Family Action Council of Tennessee. Its target: the nondiscrimination ordinance coming to a vote next Tuesday before the Metro Council.
In the CP, Joey Garrison quotes an email sent by the Tea Party (at FACT's urging) to its supporters, asking them to oppose the legislation whether they live in Nashville or not:
“This is something that should concern us all even if we do not live in Metro Nashville,” the Tennessee Tea Party email reads. “All too often what happens in this council will have great ramifications across the state. This ordinance will [a]ffect all business owners who wish to contract or do business with Metro Nashville. This is not strictly an anti-gay issue.
“This is simply big government politicians and social scientists imposing oppressive regulations on business owners that will only open the door to harassment lawsuits,” the email goes on to say. “Nobody in these issues wins except for the trial lawyers. The costs of all this mess is then passed on to us as consumers and taxpayers.”
Equal workplace protection for gays = sudden damburst of lawsuits, legal costs for vulnerable businesses. Got it. So it would stand to reason, following this logic, that when Metro passed its nondiscrimination ordinance for city workers in 2009, why, the courts and Metro Human Resources were then inundated with litigation-happy LGBT plaintiffs.
In today's Scene, Stephen George has the exact number of complaints that followed the legislation. You'll find it after the jump.
Since the November 2009 passage of the city's current nondiscrimination law, Metro Human Resources has received only one complaint under the statute — and even that was dismissed.