Join us in thanking Mayor Dean for supporting the freedom to marry!

Mayor Dean with TEP's Walk group in 2011

Mayor Dean with TEP’s Walk group in 2011

Today Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced that he is signing Freedom to Marry’s “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry” pledge.  We would like to thank Mayor Dean for becoming the first mayor in Tennessee to do so.  The announcement highlights the consistently strong support the Mayor has shown for equality and making Nashville a welcoming city.

In his statement, he noted, “I believe that all people should be treated fairly and equally and that their individual dignity should be respected. Embracing and celebrating our growing diversity makes our city stronger. Nashville needs to continue in that direction, and it’s my hope that joining this effort will help us do that.”

We were pleased to work with our national partners at Freedom to Marry on this announcement.

Thank the Mayor:  Please, join us in thanking Mayor Dean by adding your name to the petition below. You can also sign a hard copy thank-you card to him  on September 10 at our monthly event at OutCentral.  We invite you to attend the event, which starts at 6:30 p.m. that evening.  You can find out more and RSVP at the Facebook event page.

Here is the petition: 

Thank Mayor Dean for supporting the freedom to marry!


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Let’s celebrate this important moment of leadership for Tennessee!


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DAY ONE program hits Nashville. Memphis and Murfreesboro up next!


Tonight 25 people participated in Tennessee Ready for Marriage on DAY ONE in Nashville.  17 returned Marriage PLUS Pledge forms, although more signed them based on the picture.  A few got away before we could collect them.

On August 25 we will bring the program to Memphis, followed by a visit to Murfreesboro on September 13.

The movement is growing.  Be sure to check out an event near you.

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Where’s the action today? Memphis and Nashville

Memphis:  Today the Shelby County Commission takes up Commissioner’s Steve Mulroy’s Equal Protection for All Logonon-discrimination resolution that would protect county employees.  If you live in Shelby County, please, go to this post and sign the petition.  It will generate an email to the members of the Shelby County Commission and let them know that you support fairness.  We also urge you to attend the Commission meeting wearing purple this afternoon.  To learn more and to RSVP, go to this link for the Facebook event page.



Nashville:  Tonight at 6:15, Tennessee Ready for Marriage on DAY ONE, a program that has been all over the state, comes to Nashville.  We will discuss how we can prepare for the first day of marriage equality in Tennessee and what issues we will need to deal with after marriagedayonered equality has been won.  To RSVP and learn more, go to this link for the Facebook event page.



Everywhere we can be:  TEP fights for you throughout Tennessee.  This month alone, we’ve been in Chattanooga twice, Knoxville, Johnson City, Cookeville, Collegedale, Memphis, and Nashville.  Your support makes it possible to have an impact statewide.  Please, consider making a contribution at this link.



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DAY ONE program hits Collegedale; Nashville and Memphis next on the tour

DAYONECollegedalegroupAnother great group came out for Tennessee Ready for Marriage on DAY ONE programming in the Chattanooga area today.  Gathered at Collegedale City Hall, 19 people went through the program and 17 signed the Marriage PLUS Pledge.

We were pleased to have as our special guest Jen Jones of Equality North Carolina, an Equality Federation organization with which TEP has cooperated in a summer exchange program.

The next stops include Nashville on Monday and Memphis the following Monday.  We hope you’ll join us for a session near you.

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Tell the Shelby Co. Commission to vote for LBGT-Inclusive Workplace Resolution on Monday

Equal Protection for All LogoAll summer long, Tennessee Equality Project has been working diligently behind the scenes with allies on the Shelby County Commission to add specific workplace protections for LGBT people in Shelby County government. In 2009, the Board of Commissioners failed to specifically add sexual orientation and gender identity and expression in a previous attempt to protect all employees and job applicants in Shelby County.

Commissioner Steve Mulroy, the original sponsor of the 2009 resolution, hopes to correct this problem with a new employment non-discrimination resolution that will strengthen the previous commission action with specific workplace protections for sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The Government Operations Committee of the Shelby County Commission voted in favor of the resolution on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Commissioners will vote on the resolution when the Board convenes at 1:30 PM on Monday, August 18.

Sign the petition below to send an email to the Shelby County Board of Commissioners to urge their support of the resolution. Ask your friends and family to follow your lead. Join us at the commission meeting at 160 North Main Street (enter from Second Avenue) on Monday.

ClickREAD THE PETITIONto review the standard petition message to commissioners. Feel free to add your own positive reasons to vote for the resolution before clicking “SIGN NOW“.

Tell Shelby County Commissioners to vote YES for non-discrimination resolution

This petition is now closed.

End date: Aug 18, 2014

Signatures collected: 149

Signature goal: 500

149 signatures
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Upper Cumberland is Ready for Marriage on DAY ONE!

DAYONEUpperCumberlandAnother great group came together tonight, this time in Cookeville, to prepare for DAY ONE of marriage equality.  14 people attended the Upper Cumberland session and 13 signed the Marriage PLUS pledge.

Now we take a few days off until Saturday when we gather in Collegedale for Chattanooga Area Ready for Marriage on DAY ONE followed by Nashville Area Ready for Marriage on DAY ONE next Monday.

It’s a great way to unite the community in preparation for marriage and show a strong commitment to tackle all the other issues our community faces.


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