Tennessee lawmakers introduce bathroom, gay marriage bills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The Tennessee General Assembly has introduced and passed on consideration two bills concerning gay marriage and the restroom students in public schools are allowed to use based on the gender found on their birth certificate.

The assembly website says the transgender bathroom bill would require "students in public institutions of higher education to use restrooms and locker rooms that are assigned to persons of the same sex as that shown on the students' birth certificates."

A similar bill was filed during the 2016 legislative session, but did not pass.

A group of 300 companies joined under the moniker Tennessee Thrives in January to fight religious objection and bathroom bills like the one that caused controversy in North Carolina.

Another bill called the "Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act" is aiming to "defend the natural marriage between one man and one woman regardless of any court decision to the contrary," according the the assembly's website.