GOP Lawmaker's Anti-Gay Marriage Campaign Backfiring Miserably In Tennessee
Efforts to undermine the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage are starting to backfire — miserably — in Tennessee.
On Thursday, headlines, first from The New Civil Rights Movement and later from some of Tennessee's largest newspapers, including The Tennesseean and Nashville Scene, blared that an anti-gay marriage bill — introduced by GOP Rep. Mark Pody, who claims to be a "fiscal conservative" — could cost the state $8.5 billion in federal funds annually if it passes.
Then, instead of approving a proposed a resolution that would have effectively endorsed the bill, the Rutherford County Commission amended the measure Thursday night so that it actually calls on the General Assembly to uphold the U.S. Constitution, which of course includes the freedom to marry.
On top of all that, the push to defy the high court's ruling, led by groups like the Family Action Council of Tennessee, is galvanizing the state's LGBT community.