Newsom Lies About Tennessee City Law ‘Banning’ Being Gay, Gets Dragged
California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a bill signing ceremony at Nido's Backyard Mexican Restaurant on February 09, 2022 in San Francisco, California.
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California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom mischaracterized a Tennessee city ordinance that passed a ban on indecent exposure, lewd behavior, and nudity in front of minors, claiming it had “banned being gay in public.”

The ordinance Newsom was referring to was passed by the Murfreesboro City Council in June and amended in October to eliminate the term “homosexuality” from the code’s definition banning inappropriate sexual conduct.

Yet Newsom tweeted, “A city in Tennessee has banned being gay in public. This is just the beginning. We have to call this out.”

Newsom was taken to task on social media:

The ordinance passed in June stated:

This ordinance shall be implemented and interpreted to promote public decency and maintain a family-friendly environment in public places and protect against potential harm to minors from public expressions that appeal to prurient interests and are patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable material for minors.

“No person shall knowingly while in a public space engage in indecent behavior, display, distribute, or broadcast indecent material, conduct indecent events, or facilitate any of the foregoing prohibited acts, or otherwise subject minors to a prurient interest or to behaviors, materials, or events that are patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable material for minors,” it added.


Newsom has been accused of lying before; in April 2023 he said, “Last week, I went to New College in Florida – ground zero for what the [Republicans] are trying to do to education in this country. … Take a moment to watch this. Books are banned. Speech is limited. Faculty are scared. Students are bullied. This is just a small dose of what’s to come.”

Fox News noted, “Fox News Digital reached out to Newsom’s office asking them to provide a list of the alleged banned books at the institution.”

Newsom got slammed immediately. Christopher Rufo, one of the college’s trustees, fired back, “Gavin Newsom is spreading lies and falsely claiming that ‘books are banned’ at New College of Florida. He wants to put all Americans under the boot of DEI commissars and California’s failed policies.”

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