NASHVILLE, TN — (05-05-21) — GOP lawmakers in Tennessee are being slammed over blocking a measure honoring openly gay Brothers Osborne singer TJ Osborne. The resolution honoring TJ Osborne for becoming a “trailblazer and a symbol of hope for country music artists and fans alike, who may have felt ostracized for being LGBTQI.
The measure passed the State’s House of Representatives by a vote of 63 to 23 in favor of honoring Osborne. However Tennessee Rep. Jeremy Faison (R), told his colleagues in Monday’s session, that the resolution “wasn’t heard in committee, and I feel like it needs to be.” said Faison.
Watch Republicans Block Honoring TJ Osborne
The move drew immediate backlash from Democratic state lawmakers including, Rep. John Ray Clemmons (D), who co-sponsored the legislation.
Clemons was so outraged on Monday that he said…“I think if it goes back to committee, I don’t think it’s going to come back to the House floor.”
State Rep. Antonio Parkinson (D) added…“a lot of Senate resolutions never make their way through state House committees. “We’re talking about a country music singer y’all, come on,” said Parkinson on Tuesday during the House’s session.
TJ Osborne and John Osborne shared a video of the proceeding on Twitter, posting….“We’ve lived in this state for over half of our lives. @JeremyFaison4TN honored Ben Shapiro who doesn’t even live here.”
We’ve lived in this state for over half of our lives. @JeremyFaison4TN honored 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. https://t.co/00w2rdwCec
— Brothers Osborne (@brothersosborne) May 4, 2021
“Jeremy, let’s have lunch one day. On us. Would really like to know more about you as a person,” they continued.
Republicans move on Tuesday was heavily criticized by other country music stars including Kacey Musgraves, who took to Twitter to say that she was “massively disappointed” in the state house.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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