Appeals court dismisses lawsuit against governor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit against Gov. Bill Haslam over a state law that nullified a Metro nondiscrimination ordinance in 2011.

The ordinance sought to bar companies that discriminate against gays and lesbians from doing business with the city. The state law prohibits local governments from creating anti-discrimination regulations that are stricter than those of the state.

Plaintiffs in the suit argued that the state law sidelined protections against discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity.

A lower court ruled in 2012 that the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue because they weren’t injured by the state law. The appeals court again dismissed the case in its opinion on Tuesday.