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Tennessee House Republicans Block Measure To Honour Gay Country Musician T.J. Osborne

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By Shakiel Mahjouri.

Brothers Osborne fans are floored by the Tennessee House of Representatives decision to block a motion to honour T.J. Osborne after he came out as gay.

The motion passed unanimously through the Senate; however, Republicans in the state’s House of Representatives put an end to its prospect on Tuesday. Rep. Jeremy Faison, chair of the House Republican Caucus, is responsible for blocking the motion.

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Faison cited a procedural objection; however, many point to his hisotry of supporting anti-LGBTQ legislation.

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“We’ve lived in this state for over half of our lives,” Brothers Osborne said in a tweet, tagging Faison. “@JeremyFaison4TN honoured Ben Shapiro who doesn’t even live here. Jeremy, let’s have lunch one day. On us. Would really like to know more about you as a person.”

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Fellow country singer Kacey Musgraves also expressed her disappointment

“Massively disappointed in TN House Republicans for blocking my friend @TJOsborne for being honoured because HE’S GAY!?”

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“We have some concerns on this SJR, and I’d like to send it back to naming and designating,” Faison argued. “It wasn’t heard in committee, and I feel like it needs to be.”

The Tennessee Holler, a progressive account, noted that “the resolution is sent to a committee that has closed for the year.”

“A lot of SJRs are not heard in committees and we vote on ’em,” Democratic legislator Rep. Antonio Parkinson argued. “We voted on a couple of them today, as a matter of fact… The country music artist, TJ Osborne? We’re talking about a country music singer, y’all. C’mon.”


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