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Lisa Howe Urges Council To Pass Non-Discrimination Bill

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The former Belmont women's soccer coach at the center of a same-sex controversy is urging Metro Council to pass a non-discrimination bill.

Lisa Howe left the university in December after she announced that she and her same-sex partner were about to have a child.

Following her dismissal, an ordinance has been presented that would require all businesses that contract with Metro Government to adopt policies in writing that protects homosexual employees.

Howe sent a letter to all members of the council saying other cities have adopted this policy, without any additional expense or decreased business.

"Please join me in sending a positive message of equality to my daughter and use your leadership position to state the truth that not discriminating [equals] good business," she said in the letter. "There is no better time than now to stop the hate."

The policy could set up a showdown between city and state government. State House Member Glen Casada of Franklin has filed a bill that would prevent a city from establishing such a policy.

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