On Tuesday the Human Rights Campaign and the Tennessee Equality Project strongly condemned legislation gaining traction in Tennessee that
attempts to defy the Supreme Court of the United States on marriage
equality. Authored by God’s agent, Representative Mark Pody, HB 1412, the so-called Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act (see below), would ban same-sex marriage in the state. It is unconstitutional per se.

When HRC “condemns” something in Tennessee that probably translates to “it must be a good thing.” While Tennessee could face a loss of over $8 billion in federal funds, that hasn’t sunk in. It is too abstract — too hypothetical. Tennessee citizens and legislators need to know what will happen.

  1. When the first gay couple is denied a marriage license their lawyers will take the state to federal court. Because of the ruling by the Supreme Court, a federal district court judge must rule in favor of the gay couple and issue an injunction.
  2. Taxpayers will pay court costs plus the gay couple’s legal fees. The couple marries.
  3. When the first individual then attempts to interfere with a gay couple’s constitutional right to marry he will be held in contempt of court. He and the state or municipality taxpayers will pay court costs and the couple’s legal fees. The couple marries.

In summary the citizens of Tennessee need to know that this issue is settled and futile attempts to thwart a decision of the Supreme Court will be expensive for the taxpayers. As for Rep. Pody, he needs to redo junior high civics.

HB1412-Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act by David Hart

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.