House panel kills ‘natural marriage’ bill


Stacey Barchenger and  | The Tennessean | January 20, 2016

A bill that would have directed state officials to disobey the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage died in its first appearance before the legislature on Wednesday.

But the vote does not mean the issue will disappear. Already other bills and lawsuits have been announced that seek to challenge the ruling from the nation’s highest court.

The House Civil Justice subcommittee members heard about 90 minutes of testimony on Wednesday from pastors and lawyers and former legislators — much of it surrounding religious grounds and issues of states’ rights to nullify a Supreme Court  decision — before it killed the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act.

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