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Actor who plays gay on Nashville may not buy home in Tennessee due to anti-LGBTI law

Actor who plays gay on Nashville may not buy home in Tennessee due to anti-LGBTI law

Chris Carmack, who plays a gay country music singer on ABC’s Nashville, is reconsidering his plans to buy a home in Tennessee where the music drama is filmed.

The reason is the anti-LGBTI bill signed into law last month by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam that makes it legal for counselors and therapists in the state to turn away clients based on ‘sincerely held principles.’

The new law has been denounced as an anti-gay and anti-trans ‘hate bill’ by the American Counseling Association.

Carmack calls the legislation ‘incredibly harmful.’

‘The state is basically setting an example for people that it’s okay to discriminate,’ the actor tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Carmack and his fiancee, actress Erin Slaver, are now reconsidering their plans to buy a home in Nashville.

‘We said, “Do we want to live in a place like this?”‘ the actor says. ‘I know right now everyone is calling on big corporations to step in and voice their opinions, because money matters in something like a political forum, but I guarantee you that there are many more individuals like myself and my fiancee who are potential long-term transplants from all over, who are saying, “Is this a place I would want to call home? A place that would write this sort of thing into legislation?”‘