Story at a glance:
- TJ Osborne is an openly gay performer who came out in February.
- State Rep. Jeremy Faison has a pattern of supporting anti-LGBTQ+ bills.
- House Democrats voted against the Brothers Osborne being honored.
A Tennessee state representative has blocked a State Senate motion to honor hometown country performers, the Brothers Osborne, and some critics say it is due to one of them being a gay man.
On Tuesday, Rep. Jeremy Faison said his decision was a procedural objection, but fans on social media believe there is a correlation between Faison's support for anti-LGBTQ+ legislation over the years and TJ Osborne, who came out in February, American Song Writer reported.
Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 609 was introduced and passed on April 28 by the Republican-controlled State Senate with no objections. It was also passed in the House, with Faison voting in favor of the resolution twice on May 3.
The only ones who voted against it were House Democrats.
However, on May 4, Faison, the Republican Caucus Chairman, had a change of heart, ordering the bill to be sent back to the House Naming and Designating Committee.
WATCH: “We have some concerns.” @JeremyFaison4TN and the @tnhousegop block a resolution to honor out gay country music star TJ Osborne of the @brothersosborne for no reason other than blatant bigotry and spite.— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) May 4, 2021
It passed the senate 30-0.
So much hate in our state. ️ pic.twitter.com/feOo5tAG9f
Faison did not explain why he wanted to have the resolution sent back to the Naming and Designating Committee, but he mentioned that the bill was not heard in the committee, and that he and the GOP "have some concerns."
The Twitter account that rebroadcast Faison’s request, The Tennessee Holler, noted that “the resolution is sent to a committee that has closed for the year.”
In response to the blocked bill, the Brothers responded to Faison on Twitter.
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
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