NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, Tennessee and several other states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades.
The New York-based Rape Kit Action Project says that there are more than 12,000 untested rape kits going back to the 1980s in Memphis alone. By contrast, there are about 16,000 untested kits collecting dust in police evidence rooms in the entire state of Texas.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —Tennessee legislators will consider a bill tomorrow that would allow wedding-related businesses to refuse to provide services based on religious beliefs.
Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville and Knoxville Rep. Bill Dunn are sponsoring the proposal. It was introduced in the wake of recent court rulings in other states striking down bans on same-sex marriage.
Bell says he thinks Tennessee's ban will be overturned eventually and the bill would protect the religious beliefs of business owners.