Tennessee Legislator Says Same Sex Marriage "Wicked"
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Video of Tennessee State Representative Mark Pody pushing for support of his "Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act" bill has grabbed the attention of supporters and opponents of the bill.
HB1437 was filed for introduction on September 17th of this year by Rep. Pody and in the Senate by Sen. Mae Beavers. The bill was written in the wake of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis' decision not to issue same-sex marriage licenses and it aims to make the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling "unauthoritative, void, and of no effect."
The bill would define marriage in Tennessee as between one man and one woman "regardless of any court decision to the contrary."
In a YouTube video posted by Dave Daubenmire -the founder of Pass the Salt Ministries in Ohio, Daubenmire introduced Rep. Pody at a church where Pody expanded his stance on gay marriage and the reasoning behind his bill.
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In the video, Rep. Body tells the group "I believe God talks to me in prayer...and says this is your role." Rep. Pody cited Ezekiel 3:17 which states "Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel." Drawing from verses in Ezekiel, Rep. Pody then drew comparisons to himself and the introduction of the bill, stating "ladies and gentlemen, I believe I am supposed to be speaking to the unsaved, to the people that are performing same sex marriages, for the people involved in same sex marriage. It is wicked, it is wrong and I am doing the best I can to warn them."
Rep. Pody told those in attendance it is time for Christians to mobilize and take a stand against same sex marriage. "I believe that Nashville, Tennessee is the time and the place that we put down the stake and we say no more." Rep. Pody asked supporters to mobilize and not let "this unconstitutional tyranny go on. The Supreme Court is not the supreme being," Pody states.
Rep. Pody stated he believes there will be changes made to the bill in January of 2016 as it works it's way through the House when the General Assembly reconvenes for session.