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posted Friday, April 22, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 17
Tennessee: Sponsor pulls anti-Trans bill
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Tennessee: Sponsor pulls anti-Trans bill

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The sponsor of a bill to restrict Tennessee public school students to restrooms appropriate for the sex assigned to them at birth has pulled the legislation.

Tennessee House member Susan Lynn said on April 18 that she was delaying debate on her bill until next year in order to 'study' the issues.

'There's definitely some issues that we need to work out,' Lynn told reporters. 'We know as soon as this bill passes we're going to be sued. If we're going to be headed into a lawsuit, we want to make sure we have the strongest position possible.'

'I have learned that our school districts are largely following what the bill says,' she added. 'I am still absolutely 100 percent in support of maintaining the privacy of all students. But I'm going to roll the bill over until next year so we can work on those issues.'

Tennessee's Senate also delayed action on companion legislation in its chamber of the state legislature.

Supporters of the measure blamed Republican Gov Bill Haslam, who had voiced concerns about the legislation.

'It is no secret that the governor had concerns about the bill,' said Jennifer Donnals, Haslam's press secretary.

The governor's concerns were reinforced by a legal opinion from Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, who said the bill could cost the state $1 billion in federal education funding under the Obama administration's interpretation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Two Transgender high school students, Henry Seaton and Jennifer Guenst, visited Haslam's office with a petition opposing Lynn's bill that bore more than 67,000 signatures, including nearly 6,000 people who identified as clergy or people of faith.

At the same time, some 30 pastors from the conservative Tennessee Pastors Network joined the head of the Family Action Council of Tennessee at the state capitol to show support for the controversial bill.

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