Plaintiffs to appeal judge's dismissal of lawsuit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An attorney for plaintiffs who have filed a lawsuit challenging a state law that overruled local protections for gay and lesbian workers says she will appeal a judge's decision to dismiss the suit.

The Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act prohibits local governments from creating anti-discrimination regulations that are stricter than those of the state. The law nullified a Nashville ordinance that barred companies that discriminate against gays and lesbians from doing business with the city.

Plaintiffs claim the law is unconstitutional for several reasons, including stripping them of previous legal protections.

But Davidson County Chancellor Carol McCoy said last week that the plaintiffs did not satisfy standing requirements and ordered the lawsuit dismissed.

Plaintiffs' attorney Abby Rubenfeld said Wednesday she believes the judge ignored certain arguments raised in the lawsuit and she plans to appeal.


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