David Fowler hates same-sex marriage so much he's throwing every legal argument he can think up to see if any of them stick.
Last week NCRM showed you this insane flow chart that Tennessee attorney David FowlerÂ (photo) created for his lawsuit that tries to ban same-sex marriage by getting rid of all marriage. That's an indication of just how far theÂ former county commissioner is willing to go to end wedded bliss for same-sex couples.
Now Fowler, acting as the attorney for two other plaintiffs, has filed another lawsuit that tries to ban same-sex couples from marrying.
This lawsuit would, if successful, stopÂ Bradley County from issuing marriage licenses to any couple, and it would nullify the state's marriage laws.
The suit argues that since the Supreme Court ruled laws banning same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, and since Tennessee has not passed any other marriage laws, it is illegal for county clerks to be issuing marriage licenses.Â
"Given the civil and criminal penalties to which those who can solemnize marriages are subject if they do not comply with the law, it is quite understandable that they would want to know if they are still authorized to solemnize marriages if the law is 'invalid,' as the Supreme Court clearly held," Fowler said in the news release, timesfreepress.com reports.
"Since the Tennessee General Assembly has not adopted new laws, the suit states," according toÂ timesfreepress.com,Â "no valid marriage licenses can be issued. Anyone who performs a marriage can't return a signed license to the county clerk, and failing to do so is a misdemeanor. Anyone who marries a couple considered 'not capable' of being married can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $500 â€” and lack of a valid license means no couple is capable, the suit states."