State Senator Introduces Marriage Bill

Monday, 18 February 2019

A bill introduced by two Tennessee state legislators would attempt to outlaw gay marriage in the state.
 
The bill was introduced last week by Sen. Mark Pody and Rep. Jerry Sexton in the State Senate and State House of Representatives.
 
The bill "states the policy of Tennessee to defend natural marriage between one man and one woman, regardless of any court decision to the contrary."
 
In 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that all states must grant same-sex marriages an recognize same-sex marriages granted in other states. If it were to be passed and signed into law, the bill would undoubtedly face legal challenges, considering it stands in direct contradiction to a Supreme Court ruling.
 
Lawmakers estimated that the bill could cost the state $8 billion in federal aid if it were to pass.