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  • GOP Lawmaker's Anti-Gay Marriage Campaign Backfiring Miserably In Tennessee

    LGBT Community 'Firing on All Cylinders' As State Bill, County Resolution Hit Roadblocks

    Efforts to undermine the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage are starting to backfire — miserably — in Tennessee. 

    On Thursday, headlines, first from The New Civil Rights Movement and later from some of Tennessee's largest newspapers, including The Tennesseean and Nashville Sceneblared that an anti-gay marriage bill — introduced by GOP Rep. Mark Pody, who claims to be a "fiscal conservative" — could cost the state $8.5 billion in federal funds annually if it passes.  

    Then, instead of approving a proposed a resolution that would have effectively endorsed the bill, the Rutherford County Commission amended the measure Thursday night so that it actually calls on the General Assembly to uphold the U.S. Constitution, which of course includes the freedom to marry. 

    On top of all that, the push to defy the high court's ruling, led by groups like the Family Action Council of Tennessee, is galvanizing the state's LGBT community. 

    "The media response to the TN 'Natural Marriage Defense Act' is just where we want it — overwhelmed by the cost of the legislation!" Executive Director Chris Sanders wrote Thursday on the Tennessee Equality Project's Facebook page, adding that a petition against the bill has garnered more than 1,000 signatures. "It helps when we achieve victories like Rutherford County. The more we slow down, amend, or contain those anti-marriage equality resolutions, the less drive state legislators have to pass the TN Natural Marriage Defense Act. Despite how horrible the bill is, we're all firing on all cylinders." 

    About 85 supporters of same-sex marriage, dressed in red, showed up for the Rutherford County Commission meeting Thursday night, with six of them speaking against the proposed anti-gay resolution. No one spoke in favor of it, and commissioners ultimately watered it down so much that it could actually be interpreted as an endorsement of same-sex marriage.

    Fox 17 News' Jen French reported from the meeting

    Fox 17 later reported that "it's not clear what the resolution accomplishes — if anything." 

    At least four counties in East Tennessee have passed anti-gay marriage resolutions in recent weeks, but in the southeastern suburbs of progressive Nashville, residents weren't having it.  

    "It has no legal effect and is simply an embarrassment to the citizens of Rutherford County," Sara Mitchell told commissioners, according to The Daily Journal. "We don't need to fight the Civil War again."

    "Leave the LGBT community alone," said Caleb Banks, who compared the state's marriage amendment to Jim Crow laws. "We will not be dominated by hate and bigotry."

    “What happened was the commissioners needed a way of saving face so they didn’t utterly withdraw the resolution, they just kept amending it until it didn’t do what it originally said,” the Equality Project's Sanders said.

    In response to the news about his bill’s astronomical fiscal note, Pody told The Tennesseean he hopes to work with legislative fiscal analysts to lower the cost of the bill — but he also vowed to continue pursuing it. 

    "I am a fiscal conservative, so I'm one that would want that to be addressed properly," Pody said. 

    Who knows, given that Pody has said God told him to file the bill, maybe he can convince the good Lord to pick up the tab? 


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    • commented 2016-01-17 19:03:21 -0500
      The constitution has no provision about same sex marriage. The supreme court ruled but no change or amendment to the Constitution has happened so why would the writer write this lie??

    • commented 2016-01-15 15:43:14 -0500
      I’m glad to hear this. Just because some of them believe something does not make it true or the law. Funny how the cost seems to be what got them to think about what they were doing. It always comes down to money. If that’s what it takes, then keep showing the cost of inequality.

    • commented 2016-01-15 13:13:28 -0500
      Hello!! It’s called EQUALITY.

      What is there about the most fundamental Human Right and American Value that these bigots don’t understand?

      “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”

      Christians need to grow up and stop parroting superstitions.

    • commented 2016-01-15 12:18:37 -0500
      “… Who knows, given that Pody has said God told him to file the bill, maybe he can convince the good Lord to pick up the tab? …”

      If he heard any god, it was probably Loki, God of Mischief. It puzzles me why such fervent Christians spend so much time buried in the Old Testament, and ignoring the reported words of Christ himself.
      Jesus said – give unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and to God that which is God’s.
      Jesus said – in my father’s house there are many mansions.
      Jesus said – let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
      Jesus said – love one another as I have loved you.
      Jesus said – do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
      Jesus said – love your neighbor as you love yourself.
      Where in those words are the hatred and intolerance enough to justify discriminating against some people for wanting the same rights as the rest of the population?
      Also, God is all-powerful and never makes mistakes, right? So given that, we are all born into that Grand Design. SO, also given that homosexuality is NOT a lifestyle but within humanity’s genetic makeup, where is the justification for condemning anyone for being as God intended, and denying them the secular right to marriage?

    • commented 2016-01-15 12:15:44 -0500
      I have written about Pody’s bill a couple of times. States tried the same crap after Brown v. Bd of Ed desegregated the schools. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Cooper v. Aaron makes bills like this DOA.

      Of county resolutions, five have passed, five are pending and three have failed — including Blount County’s, which grabbed headlines last October because it asked God not to smite its citizens for tolerating gay marriage “as He did Sodom and Gomorrah.” Seriously? http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com/2016/01/tennesses-is-still-shaking-its-fist-at.html

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