Then the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce retracted its support for killing the Metro ordinance but only after Governor Haslam killed it, causing some to conclude that the powerful lobby is spineless and morally bankrupt:
TN Chamber decides after Haslam signs HB600 into law that they are against it. Pay the politicans to pass it then clean hands off.
The question is not whether this drama is going to spill over into the election season. The Democrats will make hay. The Republicans are going to take heat for this. The question is whether any anger at the business community that first fought the Metro non-discrimination ordinance will generate social action and protest against all culprits. The members of the Chamber of Commerce invariably seem to enjoy the benefit of the doubt on this and a score of other justice issues, so I am inclined to doubt it.
UPDATE: AMERICAblog Gay provides a list that indicates that not many of the corporations who chose to break with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce's opposition to non-discrimination in Nashville were helpful enough to deserve thanks.
About the TNCofC they write:
Issues statement opposing the legislation 20 seconds before we find out the Governor has just signed the legislation. Coincidence? Doubtful. It looks like the Chamber timed their statement with the governor's signature so as not to embarrass the governor.