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After Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, LGBT Community Still Has Lots Of Ground To Cover

The Supreme Court decision making same sex marriage legal throughout the United States created a strange juxtaposition in places like Tennessee. While gay people can legally marry, they can still be fired for their sexual orientation.
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One parade-watcher at Nashville's Pride Festival this weekend has garnered attention for holding a sign that asks for forgiveness.

The woman in question is Erika Chambers, who was also the subject of a WPLN story that ran just the day before the parade.

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Supporters of Gov. Bill Haslam's health care plan hope a ruling last week by the U.S. Supreme Court will be a turning point.

Backers of Insure Tennessee rallied Monday at St. Thomas Hospital's Midtown campus, in a bid to keep momentum going after the nation's highest court upheld subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

The decision reaffirmed the law, which also calls for granting Tennessee billions of dollars each year if it adopts Insure Tennessee and expands Medicaid to more than 250,000 low-income residents.

Pastor Protection Act Tennessee
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State lawmakers announced Friday that they would try to shield religious clergy from being forced to perform same-sex marriages. Now they’re already thinking of expanding their effort to also protect merchants who don’t want to be involved.

Courtesy Freeman for Mayor

In his latest TV ad, which is set to begin airing this week, mayoral candidate Bill Freeman is calling for a hike in the Davidson County minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 an hour over the next three years.

Nashville mayor race
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Forum fatigue may be setting in for Nashville’s candidates for mayor. Last week there were five such events, and even two in one day.

By now, candidates for mayor are familiar with the setup: they line up seated at a table, elbow-to-elbow, taking turns answering questions from groups ranging from neighborhood chambers of commerce to LGBT interest groups. They’ve done so many forums like this that Charles Robert Bone lost count early.

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New regulations on Airbnb hosts don’t seem to be putting a damper on the their numbers in Nashville. A new city ordinance requires all hosts to obtain a short-term rental permit and goes into effect July 1.

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The Supreme Court decision making same sex marriage legal throughout the United States created a strange juxtaposition in places like Tennessee. While gay people can legally marry, they can still be fired for their sexual orientation.

Gibson Brands

A Nashville instrument maker has spent millions of dollars over the course of a decade trying to perfect a self-tuning guitar.

It wasn’t until this year, however, that Gibson, the brand behind the iconic Les Paul, started making automatic tuners a standard feature on most of its electric guitars.

Tennessee Reacts To Pro-Gay Marriage Ruling

Jun 26, 2015
Tennessee gay marriage celebration
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NOTE: This web post has been updated throughout the day, as we've heard more about what's happening in Middle Tennessee — as a result of this morning's Supreme Court decision. The original post is at the bottom of the story.

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