Oh no, emergency in Nashville, you guys!

A group of con­ser­v­a­tive busi­ness and polit­i­cal lead­ers gath­ered this morn­ing for an infor­ma­tional meet­ing about the “homo­sex­ual agenda.”

The impe­tus for the meet­ing is a pro­posed expan­sion of Metro’s nondis­crim­i­na­tion ordi­nance, which would require city con­trac­tors to pro­tect work­ers from dis­crim­i­na­tion on the basis of sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion and gen­der identity.


[E]xpected to attend were Metro Coun­cil­man and state Rep. Jim Gotto and state Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin. Also in atten­dance was David Fowler, who leads a con­ser­v­a­tive activist group.

Accord­ing to an email sent out ask­ing other con­cerned busi­ness lead­ers to attend, the meeting’s orga­niz­ers expressed fear that the next step could be requir­ing all busi­nesses in David­son County to adopt the city’s nondis­crim­i­na­tion ordinance.

Metro updated its nondis­crim­i­na­tion ordi­nance in 2009 to pro­tect work­ers on the basis of sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion and gen­der identity.

David Fowler runs the adorably named Family Action Council of Tennessee [FACT] [sic].

Here’s the invitation to the event:

From: William Mor­gan
Sent: Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 04, 2011 5:34 PM
Sub­ject: Urgent Meet­ing re: Metro Ordi­nance on Sex­ual Orientation

Lee Bea­man, Stan Hard­away, Wal­ter Strick­land, Tom Smith and I are host­ing a meet­ingnext Wednes­day morn­ing, Jan­u­ary 12th to inform you about an ordi­nance pend­ing before Metro Coun­cil (launched due to the Bel­mont con­tro­versy and set for final vote on Feb­ru­ary 1st!) that, accord­ing to the City Paper, would require all busi­nesses doing busi­ness with Metro“to have writ­ten poli­cies that ban dis­crim­i­na­tion against employ­ees based on sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion or gen­der iden­tity” (i.e gays, les­bians, bi-sexuals and trans­gen­ders). I can assure you that the spon­sors want it to apply to all sub­con­trac­tors and sub-vendors that are a party to any Metro con­tract as well.

The meet­ing will lay out the wide-reaching impact of this ordi­nance, what can be done to defeat it, and the next item on the homo­sex­ual agenda if this passes (which is to require all busi­nesses domi­ciled in David­son County to adopt these same policies).

Our speak­ers will include Metro Coun­cil­man and State Representative-elect Jim Gotto,who will dis­cuss the local gov­ern­ment process, State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Glen Casada, who will address new leg­is­la­tion at the state level directed against this issue, and for­mer State Sen­a­tor David Fowler, Pres­i­dent of the Fam­ily Action Coun­cil of Ten­nessee , who will lay out the not-so-apparent legal ram­i­fi­ca­tions of such an ordi­nance and what we can do to oppose it.

The meet­ing will be from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Nashville Room of the Life­Way Build­ing located at One Life­Way Plaza (enter the vis­i­tors park­ing lot from 9th Avenue North, imme­di­ately on the left after cross­ing Com­merce Street when com­ing from Broad­way).  Fur­ther direc­tions are here. A con­ti­nen­tal break­fast will be served.

Because break­fast is being pro­vided and there is lim­ited room, please RSVP to me if you are com­ing so I can turn your name in.

If you know a busi­ness owner who you know would oppose this ordi­nance, please pass this invi­ta­tion on them, but do ask them to RSVP to me.

This is an impor­tant issue against which we must take a stand together, so I hope to see you there.

William D. Mor­gan

Awww, it’s a Breakfast ‘n’ Bigotry meeting! They should call it that from now on.  Or maybe “Biscuits ‘n’ Bigots.”  So many possibilities!  What kind of pastries go best with pig ignorance and petulant, childish hatred?