1238272_642957995737348_363588049_nThis afternoon in Tennessee the Hamilton County Election Commission certified the recall petition to collect a minimum of 1,600 signatures to recall Chattanooga Councilman Chris Anderson– not the purpose of the petition.

The organization behind the recall is the Citizens for Government Accountability and Transparency who claims that Anderson is not representing his constituents by sponsoring a referendum to be placed on the Aug. 7 election ballot asking voters whether to allow same-sex benefits for Chattanooga public employees.  Councilman Anderson is the first out gay city council member in Chattanooga, Tenn.

“Councilman Chris Anderson was an endorsed candidate by the Victory Fund in 2013 and we stand next to him today to fight the stigma of LGBT candidates,” said Torey Carter, chief operating officer at the Victory Fund.  “We are confident that Anderson’s constituents will stand next to him and will fight to help keep him in office to help better their community.”

Councilman Anderson is one of two out LGBT public officials in the state of Tennessee.

The Victory Fund, which endorsed Anderson, is circulating a petition in support of the councilman among its supporters.