Anti-gay marriage bill in Tennessee calls Supreme Court ruling 'lawless'


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    NASHVILLE, Tenn.--An anti-gay marriage bill has been proposed in the Tennessee legislature calling the Supreme Court ruling upholding gay marriage 'lawless.'

    The "Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act" has been introduced by Rep. Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) and Senator Mark Pody (R-Lebanon).

    The bill states the federal government has no authority over marriage and divorce and that power instead belongs with each state to decide. The bill refers to the Constitution of Tennessee, Article XI section 8 which states " "The historical institution and legal contract solemnizing the relationship of one man and one woman shall be the only legally recognized marital contract in this state."

    The bill goes on to state the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges "flies in the face of reality," and the "law of nature." In response, the bill seeks to make law that marriage be defined as between one man and one woman.

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