NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A controversial bill that was signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee last year has now been overturned by a federal judge. House Bill 1182 was signed into law on May 17, 2021, and goes into effect July 1, 2021.
The law stipulates that businesses that allow transgender people to use public restrooms that are appropriate for their gender must post a sign that reads, “THIS FACILITIES MAINS THE POLICY OF ALLOWING BUSINESS ASSOCIATION BY GENDER BIOGRAPHY, DESIGN REGULATIONS,” Or face criminal charges.The signs also have “NOTICE” at the top.
According to the Tennessee General Assembly website, the bill went into effect last year, but a preliminary order was issued stopping the act just eight days later on July 9.
The ban is the result of a lawsuit on behalf of Bob Bernstein, the owner of the “Fido” restaurant in Nashville. Bernstein objected to the signs, saying they convey a stigmatizing message.
At Fido, the restaurant has a policy of allowing customers to use any bathroom they believe is right for them. The restaurant also reports that it has no complaints or concerns about this policy.
The restraining order filed on behalf of Bernstein extends through a judge’s decision Tuesday to overturn the law.
In the decision, the judge wrote in part, “Tenness transgender is real. Businesses and establishments wishing to welcome them are real. And the views those individuals and businesses hold are real, even if they differ from those of some legislators or government officials. While those government officials have considerable power, they do not have the authority to erase those opposing views.”
Last year, Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk announced that he would not enforce the rule, even if it were signed into law. In a letter to lawmakers in June 2021, Funk wrote, “District attorneys have the power to decide when and under what circumstances to enforce laws enacted by the legislative branch and signed by the executive. .”
The DA said his office is devoted to public safety, violent crime prosecution and victim assistance, and bathroom sign legislation, “not accomplishing those goals.”
In a statement released the following week, the Nashville DA stated, “I believe everyone is welcome and appreciated in Nashville. The enforcement of anaerobic and homosexual laws is contrary to those values. My office will not promote hate. ”
Tennessee was the first state to require such signs inside businesses that allow transgender people to use their gender-appropriate multi-person bathrooms.
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