Besides Trump's woes with immigration, the other legal focus this week has been on Tennessee and the two bills that have been proposed. These restrictive bills are of course nothing new. It's the conservative's two broken records of making sure everyone is peeing in their "God given" correct areas and marriage equality versus natural marriage. Both bills were introduced by Senator Mae Beavers, and Representative Mark Pody introduced a version of SB0771 in the house.
“Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act” (SB0752) and states the “policy of Tennessee is to defend natural marriage between one man and one woman regardless of any court decision to the contrary.”
Would this actually happen? Would there be "one man / one woman" only marriages in Tennessee? The issue is, if it is in Tennessee, it may spread to the rest of the nation.
Many jump right to 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that outlawed discrimination against married same-sex couples. It is now the law of the land, but it can be overturned. If this new Tennessee bill causes enough waves and makes it all the way to the Supreme Court, and the court is by then, more conservative, Beavers's bill may derail the happiness that was granted by Obergefell v. Hodges. Of course breaking apart Obergefell v. Hodges would not get rid of marriage equality across the nation, it would just default to the list of states that allowed same-sex marriage pre June 25, 2015. The bill is just a political lightning rod that conservatives hope will reach all the wat to SCOTUS and give states back the power to discriminate against same-sex marriages if they choose to do so.
As for the second proposed Tennessee bill … what is the deal with Republicans and urine? Under the proposed SB0771, public schools will have to “require that a student use student restroom and locker room facilities that are assigned for use by persons of the same sex as the sex indicated on the student’s original birth certificate.”
How do we stop such bills from working their way up to the SCOTUS, especially when they have the ability to derail equalities we finally have been given? Let's hope there is some sanity out there.
Let's hope if th “Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act” makes it way to D.C., it is a case the Supreme Court chooses NOT to hear.
Here is the lovely Senator Mae Beavers in a video from January 2016