Tennessee’s football team have stated their opposition to anti-LGBTI state legislature currently under proposal.
The Tennessee Titans released a statement saying the proposals are ‘discriminatory’ and could affect businesses in the state.
The team also claim that the measures could also impact the state’s ability to host NFL Drafts in the future.
Tennessee lawmakers are currently considering a series of laws which would curtail the rights of the LGBTI community.
The proposals have experienced a significant backlash, with numerous businesses and public figures calling Tennesseean officials to reconsider.
‘Discriminatory legislation hurts all of us’
The controversial laws under proposal would directly affect the rights of same-sex couples and trans individuals.
If implemented the laws would allow adoption agencies to deny same-sex couples the right to adopt on religious grounds. The laws would also restrict trans people’s access to bathrooms.
In response to the potential laws, the Tennessee Titans released a statement saying that they ‘oppose discrimination in any form’, the Tennesseean reports.
‘Discriminatory legislation hurts all of us. It also impacts our ability to secure events like the 2019 NFL Draft, major conventions, major athletic contests and other events that benefit our local and state economy,’ the statement reads.
‘It also weakens our ability to recruit new business and industry to Nashville and to Tennessee. We would encourage our elected officials to keep us on a path that protects all our citizens, our growth and our economy.’
This follows an open letter written by Freedom For All Americans, which has been signed by a number of businesses.
‘We’ve seen time and again that discriminatory policies that negatively impact LGBT people and their families have drastic economic consequences, and such policies would surely put Tennessee at an economic disadvantage,’ the letter states.
Online retailing giant Amazon signed the letter earlier this week. This comes as the tech firm is seeking to expand its presence in the business-friendly state.
Earlier this month, bisexual actress Megan Fox also called on her home state not to go ahead with the laws.