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posted Friday, January 22, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 04
Tennessee marriage nullification bill falls flat
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Tennessee marriage nullification bill falls flat

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A bill that would have nullified the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling on same-sex marriage in Tennessee was killed in committee on January 20.

Republican Rep. Mark Pody said God told him to file the bill, titled 'Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act,' because same-sex marriage is 'wicked.'

Evangelicals gathered outside the Tennessee capitol building to pray for the success of the measure.

'We have to do something quickly, because there's a cliff ahead of us, a civilization, and it's within sight,' said Lydon Allen, a pastor at the Woodmont Bible Church in Nashville.

Chet Gallagher of a group called Courts Cannot Make Laws urged the Tennessee House civil justice subcommittee to send the bill to the House floor for a vote.

'Do not let this die here,' Gallagher said. 'Let it go to your peers and be voted on the way that it's supposed to be voted on.'

'In the name of Jesus, I'm begging you to do that,' he said.

The prayers did not influence the subcommittee, however, because that body voted the measure down 4-1.

'Nullification scares the daylights out of me,' Republican Rep. Mike Carter said. 'Because no one will answer me who has the authority to nullify, and nobody will answer me where that authority is derived.'

Carter was among two Republicans and two Democrats who voted against the bill. Republican Rep. Jim Coley, the panel's chairman, was the lone vote in favor of the bill.

The bill would have stipulated that 'natural marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman as recognized by the people of Tennessee' would 'remain the law in Tennessee, regardless of any court decision to the contrary. Any court decision purporting to strike down natural marriage, including Obergefell v. Hodges, is unauthoritative, void, and of no effect.'

Six Tennessee counties passed resolutions in support of the measure, but had it passed, there would have been severe repercussions for the state treasury. According to the Tennessee General Assembly's fiscal review committee, the bill could have cost the state $8.5 billion in federal funding for Medicaid and services for low-income families if it had passed.

The state would also have had to cover all fees for the countless legal battles the bill would guarantee, but 'the Attorney General cannot reasonably estimate the impact that would result.' Recent legal bills for states that fought same-sex marriage include $2 million in Kentucky, $1.9 million in Michigan, $1.1 million in Ohio, and $500,000 in Arizona. Tennessee already faces a bill of $2.3 million for its own marriage fight.

HRC condemned the measure as 'outrageous.'

'As the first vote this year on the nearly 100 anti-LGBT bills being considered across 24 states, this is certainly encouraging news from Tennessee,' said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow.

'We will remain vigilant in case this legislation should resurface in any other form, and continue to work with our local partners to fight other anti-LGBT legislation in the Tennessee legislature.'

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