Bill banning gay marriage introduced in Tennessee

Published: Feb. 18, 2019 at 2:38 PM EST
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Two Tennessee state legislators, one from Bean Station, have introduced a bill attempting to ban gay marriage in the state.

WTVF in Nashville reported that Representative Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) and Senator Mark Pody (R-Lebanon) introduced the bill in the State House of Representatives and the State Senate.

If passed, the bill would contradict the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that all states must grant and recognize same-sex marriages.

The bill presented by the lawmakers states "the policy of Tennessee to defend natural marriage between one man and one woman, regardless of any court decision to the contrary."

Senator Pody introduced a similar bill in 2016, but it never made it out of committee. He also proposed another version of the bill in 2018, but was delayed when Pody left the House of Representatives for the Senate.