Tennessee House Panel Shockingly Rejects Anti-Gay Marriage Bill
After 90 minutes of testimony, mostly in support of the measure, a Tennessee House Committee voted Wednesday afternoon to kill an anti-gay marriage bill.
House Bill 1412, from Rep. Mark Pody (above), would have declared the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges “unauthoritative, void, and of no effect.” Pody has said that God told him to file the bill because same-sex marriage is “wicked,” and six Tennessee counties have passed resolutions in support of the measure. However, five members of the House Civil Justice Subcommitee rejected HB 1412, known as the “Natural Defense of Marriage Act,” on a voice vote.
From The Tennessean:
Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, said though he disagreed with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling and believed the court’s decision was overreaching, he did not feel the bill was the way to do it.
“You’re asking us to step out where no one has stepped before,” he said, adding that the bill to nullify the nation’s highest court decision should be the last resort.
The hearing drew a full crowd to the committee room, with about 75 people spilling out to watch on a television in the hallway. Representatives of the Tennessee Equality Project and ACLU of Tennessee attended, as did several people wearing shirts saying “repent or parish” and stickers saying “I support HB 1412.”
They cheered and scoffed occasionally throughout the hearing.