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  • TN Lawmaker's Bill That Would 'Void' Same-Sex Marriages Scheduled For Vote

    Legislation Would Cost Taxpayers $8.5 Billion Annually

    Tennessee Republican state Representative Mark Pody's signature bill, the Natural Marriage Defense Act, has been green-lighted for a vote by the House Civil Justice Subcommittee next week.

    The bill would declare all marriages of same-sex couples "void and unenforceable in Tennessee."

    It would also declare any "court decision purporting to strike down natural marriage," including the historic Obergefell v. Hodges decision that found same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage, "unauthoritative, void, and of no effect."

    Rep. Pody, who has been fighting to pass his bill since last year, in December told supporters, "I believe God talks to me in prayer," and added that God told him to file the bill.

    The bill, HB 1412, would also require the state Attorney General to defend in court any and all lawsuits against the State and its employees who refuse to honor the legal marriages of same-sex couples, making it "the policy of the State of Tennessee to defend natural marriage as recognized by the people of Tennessee, in the Constitution and laws of the State of Tennessee, consistent with natural law, and the written United States Constitution."

    A state-required fiscal impact report finds the legislation, should it become law, would cost the taxpayers of Tennessee $8.5 billion annually. Those costs do not appear to include court and legal costs. The majority of the costs would come as the withdrawal of federal funding of Tennessee's Obamacare program, food stamps (SNAP), and welfare payments (TANF).

    As NCRM reported last week, the legislation compares same-sex marriage to forced sterilization and Japanese internment, and its language in parts is identical to a South Carolina bill of the same name.

    Lawmakers will vote on the bill, which is clearly unconstitutional, Wednesday, January 20. 

    The Tennessee Equality Project is fighting the legislation:


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    • commented 2016-01-14 19:51:28 -0500
      I don’t understand how he’s out of the insane asylum much less an elected official. The opportunity for gutting those federal programs will probably get at least as many votes from other republicans as the opportunity to be anti-gay.

    • commented 2016-01-14 19:15:38 -0500
      Congressman Pody’s phone number is 615-741-7086. He is the sponsor of this hate bill. Please call him and ask him to explain. The lady that answers the phone is very nice. Please do not be rude, but demand an explanation
      What is it about other people getting married that offends these people so much? Did gay marriage ever force straight people to get divorced? We want answers!

    • commented 2016-01-14 16:05:19 -0500
      So much hate in the world – all in the name of God. Such bullshit.

    • commented 2016-01-14 14:05:54 -0500
      Funny how god can answer his prayer on how to be a asshole and bigot, but not mine for work, food, and shelter.

    • commented 2016-01-14 12:34:16 -0500
      How would he like ti if I cut HIS balls off? It’s about the same thing!

    • commented 2016-01-14 11:37:48 -0500
      The cost doesn’t justify the means.

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