- March 10, 2015
Yesterday, Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson met with National Field Director Marty Rouse and Legislative Counsel Kate Oakley at the HRC headquarters on his way to the National League of Cities meeting at the White House.
Last year, City Councilman Anderson led the successful effort to pass a non-discrimination ordinance as well as domestic partner benefits for city employees. Unfortunately, the ordinance was put up for referendum and defeated. HRC worked with Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, Councilman Anderson and other allies and was the leading supporter of the "Yes! Chattanooga" campaign.
In Tennessee and across the South, it remains difficult to win needed protections for LGBT residents. HRC remains steadfast in our commitment to work strategically to bring equality everywhere for everyone.
HRC’s Municipal Equality Index shows that in every state, cities like Chattenooga are fueling the movement toward full LGBT inclusion. The MEI examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there.
The 2014 MEI rates a total of 353 cities from every state in the nation, which is an increase of more than 60 cities rated in 2013.
Pictured above: Chattanooga city council member Anderson flanked by HRC's Marty Rouse and Kate Oakley