Tennessee Bill Aims to Defy SCOTUS on Marriage

tennessee-sealTennessee officials continue to explore avenues to defy the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down bans on marriage for same-sex couples, and now lawmakers are pushing legislation to declare the Court’s ruling unconstitutional, according to Nashville’s NewsChannel 5.

“Supporters [of the bill] said the Supreme Court’s ruling was unconstitutional and paved the way ‘for an all-out assault on the religious freedoms of Christians who disagree with it,’” the station reports, adding, “Opponents said the bill was unconstitutional.”

The move follows a Tennessee judge’s refusal to grant a divorce to a heterosexual couple, in which he argued that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling had stripped states of all authority over marriage or divorce (see Gavel Grab).