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Suit challenges TN's anti-discrimination limits

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A lawsuit has been filed against a new state law that prohibits cities and counties from creating anti-discrimination regulations stricter than the state's.

The law, signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam in May, repealed a Nashville city ordinance barring companies that discriminate against gays and lesbians from doing business with the city.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed Monday in Davidson County Chancery Court include three Nashville councilmembers who supported the ordinance and Lisa Howe, a former Belmont University coach who left the private university after revealing that she and her same-sex partner were having a baby.

Abby Rubenfeld, the plaintiffs' attorney, said in a news conference that the statute unfairly targets gay and transgender Tennesseans.

A Haslam spokesman said it was inappropriate to comment on pending litigation.

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