The proposed Natural Marriage Act surely is persistent, as it has been tossed around in both 2016 and 2017 as a way to claim that the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges would not be valid in Tennessee. After a year-long hiatus, Tennessee lawmakers are trying to reintroduce it, according to Gay Star News.
If the bill is passed, it would prohibit clerks or other officials who give out marriage licenses from recognizing same-sex unions, as well as providing protection from incarceration for said officials for not recognizing same-sex marriage.
Jerry Sexton, a Representative from Tennessee effectively insulted the citizens of Tennessee and "similar states" by claiming that the ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges created confusion about how marriage laws should work. One would assume that the laws are fairly straightforward, but what would I know? The purpose of the bill, he claims, is to pass laws that would go to the courts and let them be challenged and to create a discussion.
When asked if this bill would attempt to outlaw same-sex marriage, he said that he and Senator Pody are still working on it and that "It’s just too early for me to get into the details and say what the exact intent of it is." It's clear to see the bill's exact intent, is it seeks to exempt Tennessee from recognizing same-sex marriage.
The fact that the bill has failed to get passed twice is a good indicator that it will not get passed this year, but it is still rather disheartening that some people will go to such great lengths to stop LGBTQ individuals from marrying the person they love.
h/t: Gay Star News