Thursday, February 11, 2016

ADDENDUM::Hawkins County approves antigay marriage resolution – LGBTQ Nation

Despite last week’s defeat of a proposed state bill that sought to defy the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, two Tennessee counties have attempted to vote on resolutions against the ruling.

A Hawkins County resolution against the ruling was approved 13-3 on Monday with three abstentions, the Kingsport Times-News reported.

It is unclear what effect the resolution will have, though, since the Tennessee House Civil Justice Subcommittee voted 4-1 on Jan. 20 against the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act sponsored by Republican Rep. Mark Pody of Lebanon. Pody argued that the ruling should not supersede an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
The Washington County Commission was also due to vote on a similar resolution Monday, but the commission canceled its entire meeting because of overcrowding inside a packed 200-seat courtroom, the Johnson City Press ( ) reported.

The vote was postponed so a larger venue could be found to host the public meeting.

Hawkins County approves antigay marriage resolution – LGBTQ Nation

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