The governor believes that protection of rights is important, especially religious liberty. This bill is centered around protecting the religious liberty of Tennesseans and that's why he signed it."
The office of Gov. Bill Lee
The Tennessee Equality Project, a statewide nonprofit, hoped Gov. Bill Lee would veto the bill.
“We’re talking about thousands of Tennessean children who need loving homes and... we’re taking about couples, families who are willing to sacrifice to provide those loving homes and their own state is saying we’re turning your back,” said Shahin Samiei with the Tennessee Equity Project.