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Nashville Wants to Be the Next Austin, But Tennessee Won’t Make It Easy

Business interests in the state capital have held off a slew of anti-LGBT bills

Three hours into an otherwise sleepy meeting of Tennessee’s Senate Judiciary Committee in late April, state Senator Paul Rose made his case for a bill that would allow faith-based adoption agencies to reject same-sex couples as potential parents.

“I realize there will be consequences for voting ‘yes,’” said Rose, who represents a suburban district northeast of Memphis. “But I also encourage you to think about the consequences of voting against the bill as you face your God.”

His argument drew audible gasps from the gallery, but the legislation easily passed out of committee. Afterward a woman approached Rose to shake his hand and thank him for

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