“Natural marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman as recognized by the people of Tennessee remains the law in Tennessee, regardless of any court decision to the contrary.”
So reads a bill introduced by Tennessee lawmakers Rep. Mark Pody and Sen. Mae Beavers. The measure states that any court decision purporting to redefine marriage to include a union between two men or two women is “unauthoritative, void, and of no effect.”
Resistance isn’t necessarily futile. Christians and other marriage-protection proponents should continue to push back on this issue, even if the resistance is only symbolic.
The Tennessean reported that voters in the state “overwhelmingly” passed a constitutional amendment in 2006 that affirmed marriage as the union between one man and one woman. As was the case in other states, the court struck down the will of the people and expanded the meaning of a God-ordained institution at the behest of the homosexual lobby.
Sen. Beavers said in a statement that the “Obergefell case is clearly and blatantly an overstep of the Supreme Court’s authority and it is time that states, like Tennessee, stand up against the judicial tyranny of which Thomas Jefferson so eloquently warned.”
Rep. Pody said the high court’s decision “defies constitutional authority and is one of the most glaring examples of judicial activism in U.S. Supreme Court history. It not only tramples on state’s rights, but has paved the way for an all-out assault on the religious freedoms of Christians who disagree with it.”
All of these things are true, but this is an uphill battle. American culture has descended into mainstreaming deviancy. As bad as that is, the homosexual lobby is pressuring the government to stifle dissent. We’re already at the point where Christian-owned businesses face fines and bankruptcy for refusing to celebrate homosexual “marriage.”
What’s next? Government penalties for refusing to allow men pretending to be women to use women’s restrooms. One day, pastors will be sent to prison for refusing to officiate “weddings” in their sanctuaries, and the government will outlaw sharing the Gospel.
Does that sound crazy? Alarmist? Who would have imagined 20 years ago that the U.S. Supreme Court would redefine marriage in such a fundamental way? Or that men who dress like women and call themselves “she” would become a quasi-protected class? Christians, prepare yourselves for the mainstreaming of polygamy, pedophilia, and incest.