Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Tennessee is still shaking its fist at marriage

Legally there is nothing that the citizens of Tennessee can do to nullify the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. But that sure doesn't stop politicians from trying. One wonders what the bill is for all of this nonsense.

According to Nashville Scene; resolutions — some calling for a U.S. constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage — have popped up in 13 counties so far and counting.

Of those resolutions, five have passed, five are pending and three have failed — including Blount County’s, which grabbed headlines last October because it asked God not to smite its citizens for tolerating gay marriage “as He did Sodom and Gomorrah.” Seriously?

Laugh at the rubes if you want but all this has a serious effect. Imagine being a gay teen living in one of these awful places. I am reasonably certain that Tennessee schools have at least1 the same percentage of gay students as, say, schools in Massachusetts.

These people are using the legislative process to declare that gay people are, essentially, evil perverts. Ignoring them is not an option.

1 The percentage is probably higher due to larger family sizes in rural areas in conjunction with the male sibling effect.

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