Tennessee State Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale, has sent a letter to all 95 county clerks in Tennessee urging them to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The “reasoning,” according to the letter is that the Supreme Court has redefined a legally recognized marital contract in Tennessee, making it void and unenforceable in the state. Therefore, they should ignore the Supreme Court’s decision. According to Mr. Womick:
We are going to redefine marriage as this. They don’t have the power. Only Congress and state legislators have that power to create law. These clerks, by ignoring the opinion, will be in violation of no federal law. All they’re in violation of is the opinion of individuals in black robes.
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We will not be controlled by an oligarchy of five individuals in black robes. If you really have a problem with that, you five justices, then come down to Tennessee and try to enforce your ruling.
Perhaps Mr. Womick is willing to guarantee to pay the legal fees and penalties that a clerk would face by violating the order of the Supreme Court of the United States.