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Madison chamber president resigns after Facebook post

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Debbie Massey made the post on her personal Facebook page. (WSMV) Debbie Massey made the post on her personal Facebook page. (WSMV)

The president of the Madison Rivergate Area Chamber of Commerce has resigned following a controversial Facebook post criticizing LGBT themes in network television shows.

Debbie Massey’s resignation was accepted by the chamber’s board of directors just four days after she wrote the post, which complained about ABC canceling her “favorite show,” Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing.

Massey wrote in part: “I can’t believe that I am supposed to be OK with shows like Grays Anatomy or Nashville or any other show that promotes LGBT blah blah blah..,WHATEVER!  Cramming same sex making out into our Homes!”

Massey couldn’t be reached for comment. Her husband, former Madison Chamber of Commerce board member and state representative candidate Nathan Massey declined our request for an interview.

In a statement, Madison Chamber Board Chairman Ron Smith said:

I, along with my fellow board members want to continue the mission of the chamber and be a welcoming institution, open to and willing to assist all persons and businesses in our community.

Mayor Megan Barry also released a statement on the situation that reads:

The Facebook post referenced does not reflect the great work they are doing as an organization.  I'm glad more than 400 businesses from across Davidson County joined Tennessee Thrives to stand against discrimination and promote being a warm and welcoming city for everyone.

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