Tennessee lawmakers are trying to overturn marriage equality

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Republican lawmakers Sen. Mark Pody and Rep. Jerry Sexton have filed the bill, known as the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act, the aim of which is to distance the state of Tennessee from the landmark Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriages legally possible nationwide in the USA almost 4 years ago . The proposed law also seeks to enforce the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman in Tennessee, prohibiting state government officials from giving their approval or recognition to any other types of unions as marriages in any case. The bill also directs the state’s Attorney General to defend Tennessee law if there is any court battle on the issue—which campaigners say is a sign of the true motive behind the plan. If passed, the legislation would result in a court battle that could have much wider consequences if it reaches the US Supreme Court.

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