I Will Be Voting "No" On Domestic Partner Benefits

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I was listening to talk radio today and heard Jerry Harvey's take on the Domestic Partner's Benefits. He used the argument that "women used to not be able to vote. And Blacks used to not be able to vote." He went on to say that gays will soon have equal rights. I agree. But, I do not support this ordinance.

Equating this ordinance to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is insulting. This ordinance creates "special" rights and in the process it "burns down the house to kill a spider." This ordinance provides these special rights for those few homosexual city employees; it does nothing for the rest of the LGBTQ community. 

Now, if this were on the ballot as a Tennessee issue, asking if the state should allow same-sex marriage, I would vote yes. As the ordinance reads, I will vote no, because it effectively accomplishes nothing for the gay community, while allowing those that can legally marry to take advantage of the system by not marrying. One could argue that its a small step forward towards a bigger goal, but the collateral damage and unintended consequences outweigh the very small step forward this ordinance accomplishes.

Leave the straight people out of the LGBTQ benefits and I'll support it.

Tim Giordana


Roy Exum: Troubling Jameis Winston

One of the greatest things about the American legal system is that each and every crime is judged on its own merits. Just because Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy were each arrested for domestic abuse earlier this week, each National Football League football hero will be given an independent hearing and trial, if need be, ... (click for more)

The Line Between Discipline And Abuse

I’m no expert, I didn’t stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night and I am most certainly not a bleeding heart. But, like others, I do know a thing or two about “switchings” and “whippings.” Up until my high school years my mother, sister and I lived with my grandparents in the East Lake community. My grandmother was charged with the raising while my granddad and mom both worked ... (click for more)

Man Charged With Killing 3-Year-Old Takes Own Life In County Jail

Justin Dale Bradley died in the Hamilton County jail Saturday morning. Notification was received from the Hamilton County 911 Center at   12:50 a.m. ,   regarding an inmate found unresponsive.   Jail personnel found the male inmate unresponsive in his cell and initiated C.P.R. while notifying Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services. ... (click for more)

Democratic Chairman Roy Herron Announces He Will Not Run For 2nd Term

Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron announced Saturday at a meeting of the Tennessee Democratic Party State Executive Committee that he would not be seeking a second term as party chairman. “I have been blessed to serve as chairman these past two years, and I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all of the executive committee members, party officials, staff members, and friends ... (click for more)

McCallie Beats Baylor In Tennessee Classic Silver Division

NASHVILLE – Dylan Carmack finished fifth overall in 17 minutes, 13 seconds to lead the McCallie Blue Tornado cross country team to a first-place finish in the Silver division of the Tennessee Classic, which was held here at Percy Warner Park Saturday morning. Teammates Connor Smith and Kevin Wagoner finished in 11 th and 12 th places with times of 17:50 and 17:51 as McCallie ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Golf Team Second At Wolf Run Intercollegiate

The Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team is tied for second after 18 holes at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. The Mocs and Florida Gators each shot 295 over the opening 18 to trail Illinois by 11 at 285 at Wolf Run Golf Club. The day’s docket had a scheduled 36 holes. Afternoon storms sent teams from the course prior to finishing. The remaining holes will be completed starting at 9:30 ... (click for more)