Chris Carmack, who plays a gay country
music singer on ABC's Nashville, has denounced a Tennessee law
that targets the LGBT community.
The controversial measure allows mental
health therapists and counselors to turn away clients based on their
“sincerely held principles.” Opponents of the law say it could
negatively impact young LGBT people.
In comments to The
Hollywood Reporter, Carmack called the legislation
“The state is basically setting an
example for people that it's okay to discriminate,” he said.
Carmack added that the law's passage
has made him and his fiancee reconsider their decision to buy a house
“We said, 'Do we want to live in a
place like this?'” Carmack told the outlet last month before the
bill was signed into law. “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?'”