Wedding services bill not moving forward

By: staff, AP reports
By: staff, AP reports

A bill that would prevented local businesses from being sued if they refuse service based on religious beliefs will not be considered in this legislative session.

A Knoxville representative is one of two Tennessee lawmakers who have proposed a bill that would prevent local businesses from being sued if they refuse service based on religious beliefs.

Knoxville Representative Bill Dunn is co-sponsoring the proposal with Republican Senator Mike Bell.

The Associated Press reports it is expected to be reviewed by the Senate on Tuesday in the wake of recent court rulings in other states striking down bans on same-sex marriage.

It's already drawing criticism. Gwen Castro, the creator of "Stop Tennessee Senate Bill 2566," says she's against the bill for several reasons.

"Put yourself in their shoes. Heterosexual couples would be upset if they got denied. This is what we're feeling, it's just not right. More importantly it doesn't make financial sense to Tennessee."

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee is lobbying against the proposal.

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