Tennessee Lawmakers Propose Bill to ‘Void’ Supreme Court’s ‘Gay Marriage’ Ruling

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NASHVILLE — Two lawmakers in Tennessee have introduced a bill that would defy the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding same-sex “marriage” and protect the rule of law in the state.

Rep. Mark Pody, R-Lebanon, and Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, filed the “Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act” on Thursday in the state legislature to defend the constitutional amendment passed by 81 percent of voters in 2006.

“Whereas, not all orders claiming authority under color of law are in fact lawful,” the bill reads.”Whereas, unlawful orders, no matter their source—whether from a military commander, a federal judge, or the United States Supreme Court—are and remain unlawful, and should be resisted.”

“Natural marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman as recognized by the people of Tennessee remains the law in Tennessee, regardless of any court decision to the contrary,” it says. “Any court decision purporting to strike down natural marriage, including [Obergefell v. Hodges], is unauthoritative, void, and of no effect.”

Both Pody and Beavers believe that the Supreme Court ruling is the result of judicial activism and therefore must be resisted.

“The Obergefell case is clearly and blatantly an overstep of the Supreme Court’s authority and it is time that states, like Tennessee, stand up against the judicial tyranny of which Thomas Jefferson so eloquently warned,” Beavers said in a statement, referring to the Jefferson quote, “Whenever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.”

“This decision defies constitutional authority and is one of the most glaring examples of judicial activism in U.S. Supreme Court history,” Pody remarked. “It not only tramples on state’s rights, but has paved the way for an all-out assault on the religious freedoms of Christians who disagree with it.”

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He said that the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act “calls for Tennessee to stand against such unconstitutional action in hopes that other states will stand with us against an out-of-control court legislating from the bench.”

The two went on to speak at a religious liberty rally on Friday, where they again declared before the 400 residents in attendance that the state must protect God’s definition of marriage.

“Marriage is between a man and a woman in Tennessee,” Pody proclaimed, being met with cheers.

“We’re going to tell the attorney general, he will defend marriage in Tennessee as it is written on our Constitution,” Beavers stated.

As previously reported, Tennessee was one of the states whose constitutional amendment on marriage had been upheld by the federal court—until it reached the Supreme Court.

“No one here claims that the states’ original definition of marriage was unconstitutional when enacted. The plaintiffs’ claim is that the states have acted irrationally in standing by the traditional definition in the face of changing social mores,” wrote Judge Jeffrey Sutton for the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals last November. “[But] how can we say that the voters acted irrationally for sticking with the seen benefits of thousands of years of adherence to the traditional definition of marriage in the face of one year of experience with a new definition of marriage?”

“If it is constitutionally irrational to stand by the man-woman definition of marriage, it must be constitutionally irrational to stand by the monogamous definition of marriage,” he asserted. “[But] the predicament does not end there. No state is free of marriage policies that go too far in some directions and not far enough in others, making all of them vulnerable…”

Sutton was joined by Judge Deborah Cook in his opinion.

“If we in the judiciary do not have the authority, and indeed the responsibility to right fundamental wrongs left excused by a a majority of the electorate, our whole intricate, constitutional system of checks and balances …. prove to be nothing but shams,” she wrote.


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  • robertzaccour

    I’ve said this over and over again, government should just stay out of marriage entirely. A Biblical marriage is between a man and a woman becoming one before God and loved ones, which is what I believe in. People should be able to have their unions and call them whatever they want. Either way, government should stay out of it. Government involvement in marriage for one will always be a controversial issue. “Will they stay with natural marriage or cave in and cater to the gender-challenged folks?” with people on both sides raving and foaming at the mouths. Enough already. Let people have their unions and call them whatever they want. Government stays out, us Christians continue to have our Biblical marriages, and the rest can answer for it later. Or if they don’t believe that will happen then just let them live. But government, butt out!

    • Mark Bouckaert

      I’ve said the same. Government “marriage” is nothing more than a legal agreement. I got married by a minister under God.

      • robertzaccour

        I agree. If I were to get married I’d consider getting a “marriage license” just for the tax benefits. Other than that IMO it has nothing to do with marriage and is just a piece of paper.

  • Michael Eade

    You know same sex marriage was legalised in Britain and no one cared, in America you are still complaining whilst the rest of the civilised world is laughing at you America.

  • Mary Waterton

    GOD BLESS states that are willing to stand up to the evil Federal Government. The 10th Amendment says: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor
    prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” So if it’s not EXPLICITLY mentioned in the Constitution as a federal right, then it belongs to the states or the people. Time to take back what the Federal Government has stolen!

  • Reason2012

    And adults continue to permanently turn away from homosexuality, even after decades of believing the lie they were “born that way”, proving it’s not genetic, but the product of indoctrination, confusion, mental instability and/or abuse.

    Homosexual behavior is most literally pointed out as a sin, and God has not changed on that regard. But if a person has those inclinations but does not act upon them and does not dwell in lust upon others, then it’s not a sin. It’s just like sinful inclinations of any kind: it’s acting upon it when it becomes a sin.

    And this is what God says about sin and specifically the behavior of homosexuality:

    Romans 1:26-27 ”For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: (27) And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their_lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

    1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ”Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [men who willingly take on the part of a “woman” with another man], nor abusers of themselves with mankind [s odomites], (10) Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

    1 Timothy 1:9-10 ”Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, (10) For_whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind [s odomites], for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;”

    Jude 1:7 ”Even as_Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

    Luke 17:29 ”[Jesus said] But the same day that Lot went out of_Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.”

    Matthew 19:4-6 ”And he [Jesus] answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, (5) And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? (6) Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

    Jesus made it quite clear God made us male and female so that a man will leave his father and mother (not two fathers, not three mothers and so on) and cleave onto his wife (not his husband and so on).

    The Word of God rebukes us all – even if we all try to say we don’t believe the Bible, the very Word of God will be our judge when we face Him. And God is a righteous judge and will judge us all – not turn a blind eye to our sin. Do not be deceived by the world: it’s God we will have to convince that His word was a lie, not men. What happened in Noah’s day when the entire world rejected God? Did God spare them because there were so many? No – they all perished except for Noah and his family!

    Proverbs 9:10 ”The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

    God spared not His chosen people – we are kidding ourselves if we think He will spare the United States of America if we choose to blatantly turn away from Him.

    Jeremiah 12:17 ”But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the LORD.”

    Luke 17:28-30 “So also as it was in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; (29) but the day Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from the heaven and destroyed them all. (30) Even so it shall be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”

    Romans 1:18-32 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold [suppress] the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

    For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

    Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

    For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, m urder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

    The entire Bible points out men having_sex with men is an abomination. Likewise woman having_sex with women. It’s not just Paul that pointed it out.

    Genesis 19:4-13 “But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of S odom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them [men wanting to have_sex with men].

    And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing [he offers his daughters to be_raped to keep them from having_sex with another man – shows_rape is not the issue but male on male_sex]; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

    And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door. But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

    And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.”

    These two messengers were sent to destroy that place before the event where they tried to_rape these messengers.

    Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

    Leviticus 20:13 “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

    Even cross-dressing is an abomination:

    Deuteronomy 22:5 “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”

    Deuteronomy 23:17 “There shall be no_whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a s odomite of the sons of Israel.”

    1 Kings 22:46 “And the remnant of the s odomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.”

    1 Kings 15:11-12 “And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. And he took away the s odomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.”

    2 Kings 23:7 “And he brake down the houses of the s odomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.”

    Ezekiel 16:49-50 “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister S odom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.”

    And the “pride” parades about homosexuality are more of the same.

    Matthew 19:4-5 “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?”

    Not father and father. Not mother and mother. Not his husband.

    And only two people of opposite gender can become “one flesh”.

    Live forever, people – not temporarily only to be cast out for living for the things of this world.

    May God/Jesus Christ be glorified!

  • Katie Miller

    Invalid sexual behavior could lead to disease! Please stop issuing marriage lisence to homosexuals, it’s against everything, the laws of nature, human-dignity and moral. Think about the kids’ future and stay behind the closed door and be as perverse as you can be . Same-sex marriage is unacceptable as we all know of!

  • Katie Miller

    HOMOSEXUALITY IS A DISEASE!
    Stop fighting for your disease! It can be cured, if you’re willing for a cure. You weren’t born to be a homosexual, you were born to bear full responsibility for your parents’ offspring in order to maintain the human race. Unfortunately, you were infected with homosexuality disease by the environments, such as, hung out with homosexuals when you were a teenager, or being lured into a homosexual’s relationship when there was still an ebullient quality in your feelings and they took advantage of your feeble affection. This disease is created through several circumstances, such as, group sex, threesomes sexual behaviors, incestuous tv shows or movies, male and male (an)(us) sexual intercourse, female and female sexually molestations. This disease usually infects on the person that lives a self-indulgent life style. Such as, easily to be depraved, isolated and perverseness. It conduces to the results: the patient’s physical and mental impairs, depresses, uterus cancer on females because of ill-treated them(to make every effort to seek for orgasm), (an(us) and rectum cancer or diseases on males are the same rate, the patient feels beneath his/her dignity, immoral, confuses and guilts with his/her family’s ethics value, because the patient’s normal sexual feelings had been dominated by the abnormal sexual feelings. The consequences are due to invalid sexual behaviors according to the laws of nature. None of any species beside human in our planet has this disease according to the today’s biology science facts. If there was one, that was just an excuse for those who were infected with the homosexuality disease only. To cure this disease, the patient has to understand the worse and try to control his/her sexuality, such as, think about the future, participates and focus on healthy communities’ events and more fond of your family’s ethics value and stay away from any unhealthy same sex person that you usually want to meet with. And always remember that you can not be a husband of a man, or a wife of a woman, you weren’t born to be gay, or lesbian. There are people that willing to help you to get you out of that mud, you have to be strong and be yourself as a straight person. Together we’ll rebuild a better world, a cleaner world for our next generations and with the technologies we have right now, we can do it!

  • Becky

    It should be voided, since there’s absolutely no law within the constitution that can remotely be interpreted according to the justices’ ruling.

  • Tim

    A movement like this should start somewhere. Tennessee is the likely place. I do agree that the Supreme Court overstepped it’s authority concerning marriage. Now let’s see if this takes hold in other states as well.

  • Nidalap

    Way to go, Tennessee! Maybe you can use their own circular logic against them since they decided that marriage was a States issue (DOMA) before they decided that it was not…

  • Barbara Smith

    The British were laid back when it came to legalising same sex marriage. It was rushed through parliament. If the British people in the first place would have had a referendum on the provision of marriage only being between a man and a woman; they would have voted yes! but not between homosexuals. This is why the PM David Cameron would not put it to vote. Communism is alive and well in Britain as they are not listening to the opinion of the people. The government is the same in America; thank God there are many states in America who can act in accordance with the American Constitution. Marriage is reserved for a man and a woman who can produce children together; civil partnerships is for homosexuals. In my occupation, I mix with a lot of people from all walks of life who state clearly in private that they don’t agree with the government in Britain regarding homosexual marriage. They ignore the situation and keep quiet; as long as it does not affect their lifestyle. The root cause of all these changes in recent times, is the blatant teaching of evolution as a Fact in our school systems; in other words we are all animals! This is all part of the New World Order and One World government strategy. There are many questions that need to be answered before you can say evolution is a Fact and teach it as such. Evolutionists lack honestly and integrity. The governments who allow evolution to be taught around the world to our students in schools and universities are morons. Evolutionists suppress, ignore and disregard evidences against evolution in favour of their world-religion evolution. The politicians are as bad, for they are full of spin just like the evolutionists. A bit more honestly in politics and science related to evolution would be welcomed. Same sex marriage, abortion etc.; is all the result of Neo-Darwinism. Having a conscience seared with a hot-iron! Remember evolution teaches there are no standards: they are a figment of your imagination!

  • Katie Jones

    They can do this for there is NO LAW that allows Same-sex to marry just a decision. In the Same-Sex ruling it is a decision but not a law for only Congress or legislatures can create law not the courts. When the Supreme court made their decision there was no law on the books which allow Same-sex couples to marry legally so this “decision’ would have to be turned into law and right now the federal government’s law DOMA is still in effect Check this out with lawyers but a law was not overturned in this decision but if it was it would still have to have a law to make it legal. I don’t remember hearing that DOMA was overturned they were just given a right to marry is what I heard on this decision and Kennedy said it SHOULD be done in all 50 states. I am not sure this decision did anything but issue an opinion and that was all. Check it out, but just to make sure this law the two Tennessee would be a good idea.

  • Katie Jones

    See they are stating it correctly in this article: against an out-of-control court legislating from the bench Key word here is “legislating” and they do not have the constitutional right to do this “legislating from the bench”. Understand the Constitution it is there to protect us (We the people) the Supreme court can not create laws!!!!!

    Both Pody and Beavers believe that the Supreme Court ruling is the result of judicial activism and therefore must be resisted.

    “The Obergefell case is clearly and blatantly an overstep of the Supreme Court’s authority and it is time that states, like Tennessee, stand up against the judicial tyranny of which Thomas Jefferson so eloquently warned,” Beavers said in a statement, referring to the Jefferson quote, “Whenever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.”

    “This decision defies constitutional authority and is one of the most glaring examples of judicial activism in U.S. Supreme Court history,” Pody remarked. “It not only tramples on state’s rights, but has paved the way for an all-out assault on the religious freedoms of Christians who disagree with it.”

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    He said that the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act “calls for Tennessee to stand against such unconstitutional action in hopes that other states will stand with us against an out-of-control court legislating from the bench