# Tennessee politics
Tennessee Faith Coalition Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Gun Legislation
Group expresses disappointment in Senators Blackburn, Hagerty for their opposition to gun safety. Following passage of historic, bipartisan legislation on gun control, the Southern Christian Coalition applauded Congress for finally taking action to save lives and reduce gun violence. Even so, the group also expressed disappointment in Tennessee Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty as two voted against the measure.
Tennessee Pastors Condemn SCOTUS Ruling on Roe v. Wade
Southern Christian Coalition says overturning Roe puts lives at risk. A group of Tennessee pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition immediately condemned the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Dobbs case today that overturns Roe v. Wade and will effectively make abortion illegal in Tennessee.
Tennessee Physician Calls Out State Leaders Over COVID-19 Misinformation
Nashville doctor and parent of two highlights importance of COVID vaccines for children. Following an announcement that leaders of Tennessee's majority-Republican House of Representatives are calling on the administration of Gov. Bill Lee to resist COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 years old, Nashville primary care physician Mary Gordon Bono highlighted the importance of the vaccine and called on lawmakers to promote accurate information.
Lawmaker Joins Tennessee Pastors in Challenging Alliance Defending Freedom
Knoxville event features speakers calling for an end to national group's influence in Tennessee public policy. State Representative Gloria Johnson of Knoxville joined a group of Tennessee pastors in calling out the national group Alliance Defending Freedom for their role in pushing anti-LGBTQ policies in the state. The lawmaker and pastors spoke out at a press conference today.
Tennessee Pastors Continue Call for Senators Blackburn, Hagerty to Support Bipartisan Legislation on Gun Control
Southern Christian Coalition calls for "common sense" gun legislation. At a press conference today, a group of Tennessee pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition called on Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty to support bipartisan legislation aimed at curbing gun violence.
Tennessee Faith Leaders Call for Accountability from Elected Officials Who Supported Attack on Capitol
January 6th hearings prompt rebuke of lawmakers from Southern Christian Coalition. Following last night's opening hearing of the January 6th Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition spoke out against a number of Tennessee Members of Congress who supported the insurrection and defended former President Trump and his claims of election fraud.
Tennessee ER Physician Challenges Rep. Mark Green on Gun Violence Legislation
Doctor dismayed that Green opposed "Protect Our Kids Act" Following passage of the "Protect our Kids Act" in the U.S. House of Representatives last night, Nashville ER physician Dr. Katrina Green expressed disappointment that Congressman and doctor Mark Green voted against the legislation.
Martin Campaign Announces Endorsements in Tennessee Governor's Race
Ten legislative Democrats backing Martin in primary. In an email announcement today, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Martin announced his campaign has the backing of ten Democratic lawmakers as Martin faces an August primary with Memphis Councilman JB Smiley.
Williamson County Democrats Hosting "Meet the Candidates" Picnic
Local party to host event to introduce voters to candidates for school board, county commission, state legislature. The Williamson County Democratic Party is hosting a "Meet the Candidates" Picnic on Saturday, June 11th from 1:30-4:00 PM at the Strahl Street Park near downtown Franklin. The event will feature Democratic candidates for school board, county commission, and state legislative seats.
Tennessee Pastors Challenge Stance of Alliance Defending Freedom
Faith leaders say group is defending adoption agency that denied Jewish couple a baby. In response to efforts by Christian legal defense organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to offer legal support to an East Tennessee adoption agency that refused to assist a couple because of their Jewish faith, a group of Tennessee pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition is claiming that ADF is distorting core teachings of the Christian faith.
Chattanooga Pastors Call for Gun Policy Reform
Southern Christian Coalition speaks out following multiple shootings in Chattanooga. A group of Chattanooga pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition spoke out in favor of gun policy reform this week following a recent pair of mass shootings in the city.
Southern Christian Coalition Takes Aim at Lee's Willingness to Arm Teachers
Faith group calls for action on gun violence, takes stand against arming teachers. Following an interview where Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee indicated his support for arming some Tennessee teachers in response to incidents of gun violence at schools, a group of pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition spoke out against the proposal.
Nashville Physician Speaks Out on Gun Violence
ER physician applauds President Biden's speech, calls on Tennessee policymakers to act. A Nashville emergency room doctor who is a part of the healthcare advocacy group "Protect My Care" is calling on Tennessee policymakers to take action to address gun violence in the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, TX and subsequent hospital shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Tennessee Pastors Call on Senators Blackburn, Hagerty to Support Gun Regulations
Southern Christian Coalition praises Biden speech, calls for action from Senate. Following President Joe Biden's address to the nation on gun violence this week, Tennessee pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition called on Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty to support measures that would promote gun safety.
Tennessee Faith Leaders Call for Action on Gun Violence
Coalition delivers letter to Gov. Lee following tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. A group of Tennessee pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition delivered a letter to the Office of Gov. Bill Lee this week calling on Lee to take immediate action to address gun violence in the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Pastors Lament Polling Showing Only 46% of Tennesseans Believe Joe Biden won the 2020 Election
Southern Christian Coalition calls on leaders to combat misinformation. In response to a recently released poll suggesting only 46% of Tennesseans believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 election, pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition called on state leaders to take action to combat misinformation.
Southern Christian Coalition Speaks Out Against School Library Book Bans
Group cites polling showing most Tennesseans oppose blanket bans of library books. Following the release of statewide polling on the issue, pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition spoke out in opposition to statewide bans on school library books. The group noted that the survey results indicate that a majority of Tennesseans also oppose such bans.
Coalition Calls on Rep. Mark Green to Support Policies Welcoming Refugees
Southern Christian Coalition makes request during Refugee Advocacy Week. A group of Tennessee pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition called on 7th District Congressman Mark Green to support policies that make America a welcoming place for refugees. The group specifically singled out refugees from Ukraine and Afghanistan. The effort was coordinated as part of Refugee Advocacy Week.
Tennessee Pastors Lament Gov. Lee's Assault on Reproductive Rights
Southern Christian Coalition calls for focus on empathy, safety in abortion debate. Following the leaked draft of a Supreme Court ruling indicating the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade and Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's subsequent signing of legislation further restricting abortion access in the state, pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition expressed concern for the safety of women and called for empathy rather than punishment.
Tennessee Doctor Speaks Out on Bill Limiting Abortion Pill Distribution
Tennessee law makes distributing abortion medication by mail a felony subject to $50,000 fine. Following Gov. Bill Lee's signing of legislation that makes distributing abortion medication via mail or telehealth service a Class E felony carrying a $50,000 fine, Nashville physician Dr. Katrina Green spoke out in opposition to the measure.