Tennessee’s $8.5 Billion Attempt To Invalidate Marriage Equality

Claiming it was their divine calling, 2 Tennessee legislators are leading an effort to overrule the Supreme Court that could cost the state billions–money that would otherwise go toward SNAP benefits for Tennessee’s poorest residents.

be speaking to the unsaved, to the people that are performing same-sex marriages, to the people involved in same-sex marriage, it is wicked, it is wrong and I am doing the best I can to warn them.”

Yet while they were busy warning their supporters of the wickedness of homosexual coupling, Beavers and Pody failed to address the real consequences of their proposal.

A bizarre comparison

The bills consist primarily of a string of quotes from the dissenting Justices in Obergefell, but they also compare the case to three of what are widely considered to be the most regrettable decisions ever to come from United States Supreme Court: Scott v. Sanford, Buck v. Bell, and Korematsu v. United States. Each of the three decisions represents a major setback in civil rights. On page seven, the bill states:

“[T]he United States Supreme Court is not infallible, and has issued lawless decisions which are repulsive to the Constitution and natural law; including Scott v. Sandford; Buck v. Bell; Korematsu v. United States; Roe v. Wade; and most recently, Obergefell v. Hodges.”

In Scott v. Sanford, the Court held that slaves were not citizens of the United States and did not have the right to petition the court to be released; Buck v. Bell upheld the right of the state to forcibly sterilize persons with disabilities; and in Korematsu v. United States, the Court upheld the President’s decision in World War II to intern Japanese-American families in camps.

Comparing these cases to Obergefell and Roe is outrageous, but it is also counterintuitive. Obergefell and Roe are decisions that expanded the civil rights of United States citizens. If Tennessee were to ignore

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