Win for rights: Shelby job-bias bill silent on gays, but activists roar – By Daniel Connolly – Memphis Commercial Appeal

Gay rights activists whooped and applauded when the Shelby County Commission voted 9-4 Monday in favor of an ordinance that could protect gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people from employment discrimination, but the resolution that passed was weaker than they wanted — its three paragraphs make no mention of sexual orientation.

Now activists plan to bring a similar issue to the Memphis City Council and Nashville metropolitan government, said Jonathan Cole, Shelby County chairman of the Tennessee Equality Project, the gay rights group that pushed for the resolution.