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.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The latest MTSU Poll continues to show the strong influence Evangelical Christians exert on a wide range of controversial social issues in Tennessee.
The latest poll by the Middle Tennessee State Survey Group was conducted in late January and involved 600 randomly selected Tennesseans. The poll has an error margin of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee pharmacist who says he was fired for refusing to sell the morning-after pill has filed a lawsuit against his former employer.
The Tennessean reports Philip Hall said he was fired from Walgreens in August because he wouldn't sell the contraceptive due to his religious beliefs. Hall says in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Nashville that he finds the drug "sinful and repugnant to his sincerely held religious beliefs."
DETROIT (AP/WMOT) — The 1500 workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga begin voting today on whether or not to choose the United Auto Workers Union to represent them.
If the UAW does gain access to the plant, the German facility will be the first foreign care builder in the American south to have union representation.
Controversy has swirled around this week’s vote for months, with the entire leadership of Tennessee’s Republican leadership, from the governor on down, strongly urging plant workers to reject union representation.