Early this morning two men holding hands outside a Chelsea movie theater were senselessly beaten and called antigay slurs. Both required hospitalization for injuries. One of the man's injuries were so brutal he required stitches on his face.
In response to claims made in the complaint that “gay and lesbian individuals have faced a long and painful history of societal and government-sponsored discrimination in this country,” Swallow claims that he and his fellow state officials are “without sufficient knowledge to admit or deny the allegations.”
Despite the fact that same-sex couples have been denied marriage licenses as recently as last week, conservatives in Tennessee are still anxious that their home state will soon join the growing list of states that allow marriage equality.
California on Monday became the first state to enshrine certain rights for transgender K-12 students in state law, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want.