190-Strong Business Coalition Warns Tennessee Lawmakers Against Anti-Gay Legislation
A group of more than 190 businesses in Tennessee have joined together to warn lawmakers against enacting anti-gay laws that could harm the state’s economy.
Businesses who have signed on to the Tennessee Thrives coalition include the Methodist Le Bonheur hospital in Memphis, the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, HCA, Bridgestone Arena, the Tennessee Aquarium, The Tennessean, the Memphis Commercial Appeal and the Knoxville News Sentinel. The coalition has raised $100,000 for marketing tied to the initiative.
According to Butch Spyridon, CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp., no businesses that have been approached have declined to become involved.
The Tennessean reports that CMT President Brian Philips said: “When everything is going so well, when there is so much opportunity and potential for prosperity, why would we throw a wrench into the works by sending out a message of exclusion?”