Friday, August 8, 2014

TN primary: Knoxville voters send 'Don't Say Gay' state legislator Stacey Campfield packing, in a landslide, but Chattanooga voters defeat LGBT rights in referendum

Knoxville, TN state representative Stacey Campfield lost his reelection bid to a cardiac surgeon in the state's Republican primary voting last night. From Fox17 in Knoxville:
     With 16 percent of precincts reporting, Richard Briggs had 10,657 votes, or 68 percent, compared with Campfield's 4,143 votes, or 26 percent.
     The primary was expected to be tough for Campfield, a highly visible lawmaker who often drew attention and sometimes ridicule for his polarizing comments, as well as sponsoring contentious bills on social issues.
     They included one ridiculed as the "Don't Say Gay" bill and another that would cut welfare.
     Most recently, he made national news when he compared the federal health care law to the forced transportation of Jews to concentration camps during the Holocaust in a blog post.

     In Chattanooga, voters rejected a domestic partnership ordinance:
     Chattanooga's domestic partnership ordinance was defeated by voters in a citywide referendum. The City Council passed the ordinance last November, but it was quickly challenged by a conservative political action committee to get it on the August ballot.
     Yes Chattanooga called the referendum's outcome was "deeply disappointing."
     The mayor's statement, last night at 10:30 pm, Via WRCB:
“I have no doubt Chattanoogans value fairness and equality, and I am proud of the volunteers who spent nights and weekends to ensure our employees are treated equally. The City of Chattanooga’s non-discrimination ordinance was repealed tonight, but I want every City employee to know one thing -- your work is valued and you are important to the future of our community.  Regardless of the results tonight, my Administration will continue to hire and promote the best people who provide excellent service to our constituents." 

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