TENNESSEE: Republicans Introduce Bill Calling On State To Defy SCOTUS Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

Nashville’s ABC affiliate reports:

The same-sex marriage debate is back in the state legislature after two new bills were filed. It’s called the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act, with bills filed by Sen. Mae Beavers in the Senate and Rep. Mark Pody in the House.

The bills define marriage as between one man, and one woman in Tennessee, despite what outside courts decide. Both Sen. Beavers and Rep. Pody declined comment on the bill, telling News 2 that questions would be answered at a press conference next week.

They argue that despite the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling, same sex marriage is unlawful and all unlawful orders “remain unlawful and should be resisted.” The time and date for the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act has not been set.

More from LGBTQ Nation:

The “Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act,” says that the state of Tennessee will only recognize marriage between one man and one woman, and requires state agencies to ignore the Obergefell v. Hodges decision that outlawed discrimination against same-sex couples in marriage law. The bill allows the state legislature to hire counsel to defend the law in the case that the state attorney general decides not to litigate the case and attempt to have the Supreme Court overturn Obergefell. The bill claims that the Supreme Court is not the final voice on state matters, and points to the Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the US Constitution for support.

The pair also introduced a “bathroom bill” yesterday. The Tennessean reports:

Advocates for transgender students said the bill would be “devastating” to transgender students. “Obviously the personal impact on trans students is devastating,” said Chris Sanders, executive director of the Tennessee Equality Project. “What it will result in is them going to the wrong restroom or going to a special restroom that will out them as trans and stigmatize them or put a target on them for bullying.”

“When transgender students go to the bathroom they do what everybody else does,” he said. “They go to the bathroom. They’re not trying to spy on somebody.” The first version of the bill introduced last year had garnered lawmaker approval in several committees but was pulled late in the legislation session after opposition to mounted. Gov. Bill Haslam and others expressed concern that its passage could jeopardize federal funding.

The Wikipedia page for Beavers is a doozy:

Beavers is anti-abortion, a pro-Second Amendment activist, antiscience, a firm believer in nativism, a supporter of the abolition of state income taxation, and a proponent of tougher laws and measures against illegal immigrants. An ardent supporter of rape culture, Beavers has also supported legislation to dismantle the civil rights of the LGBT community. While running on a platform of lowered government spending, Beavers has repeatedly introduced fiscally irresponsible, unconstitutional legislation that does not pass. Beavers as well as current congressmen and former state legislators of women’s bodies . Beavers also strongly opposed the 2010 health care reform legislation proposals, sponsoring instead the Tennessee Health Freedom Act in order to protect “a citizen’s right to participate, or not participate, in any healthcare system”

The entry goes on to note that Beavers was criticized last year for selling “homemade” Trump merchandise to benefit her own campaign fund.

VIDEO: In January 2016, Beavers and Pody introduced to their first attempt to thwart Obergefell. The clip below was posted to YouTube by none other than Eugene Delgaudio.

  • Scribble Writer 🌹 ☭

    Enjoy the backlash, assholes

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    Mae beavers … you can bet she does

    • greenmanTN

      April showers lead to Mae Beavers.

  • bkmn

    This is why the Democrats need to stall any and every SCOTUS appointee Hair Furor puts out there. The court is damaged by being down one more than the right wingers can know.

  • dcurlee

    Ahh my state is an embarrassment sometimes. Maybe it’s just me but seems a Supreme Court ruling trumps this. All this will do if they try to pass it will be useless lawsuits that the state will lose. Yet again why can’t republicans work on real issues instead of beating dead horses

    • Frostbite

      Ah but this will be but the first attempt to get this back in front of SCOTUS hoping they will reverse their previous decision. Expect many more to follow.

      • Ninja0980

        TX is doing something similar.
        They truly hope to get a ruling that will overturn it or limit it.

      • CraigNJ

        Yup! It will be the same thing with abortion. Some states will outlaw all abortion to get Roe V Wade in front of a Supreme Court with Hair Furor’s guy on the bench.

    • liondon#pay4dawall

      But but… Sanctuary cities!!

    • Daveed_WOW

      All by design. It keeps the rubes distracted by Jesus while the plutocracy robs the treasury yet again. In other news, unreported, Tennessee corporations are having their tax bills lowered and are suppressing wages.

  • Rex

    Damn that Beavers.

    • Scribble Writer 🌹 ☭

      *Dam

    • Dejerrity Mycron

      Ward, don’t be so hard on the Beaver

    • ByronK

      It’s a log jam with all the branches of government. I wish someone wood stop her.

      • Palmer

        I HAD to down vote you for that deliciously bad pun (keep up the good/bad work)!

    • McSwagg

      You should lodge a complaint. I’m sure there is a flood of them.

  • RepublicansRNotConservative

    What motivates people to do things to hurt others when there is no benefit whatsoever to the person inflicting the harm? It seems to be a tenant of Christianity so is that the motivation?

    • KnownDonorDad

      Power. They’re whipping up a reaction to what they hope is a shadowy “other.” The problem with that is, more LGBT people have come out, and it’s harder to go against your own neighbors, co-workers, friends, and even family members.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      And conservatism

      • RepublicansRNotConservative

        Conservation is protecting something. What are they conserving? Republicans seem to be preservative, trying to preserve things regardless of the consequences. I can be conservative with my money, and have a live and let live attitude about others, or even be “liberal” politically. Mostly I just want these people to get out of my life. I don’t give a damn what they believe, its when they start using the authority of the government to harm me that i get really pissed.

        • JaniceInToronto

          Trump is a conservative. He conserves his money by ripping off companies he hires.

          • RepublicansRNotConservative

            I don’t think ripping people off is conservative, actually. I think its theft or fraud. Certainly Trump is a fraud, as are most afflicted with NPD. I cannot imagine ever getting into a business deal with him or anyone in has company/family. I’m sure I’m the one that’d leave with nothing.

          • JaniceInToronto

            Republicans are not conservative? Have you been following the news lately, or maybe for the past 20 years?

          • RepublicansRNotConservative

            Republicans are Republicans. If you consider smaller government to be conservative, Republicans fail as conservatives. If you consider responsible fiscal policy conservative, Republicans fail. If you consider not invading other countries conservative, Republicans fail again. These are the quick and easy examples.

          • JaniceInToronto

            OK. So Republicans -used- to be Republicans. Saint Ronnie changed all that. Are you one of those Log Cabin Republicans, because if you are, you’re certifiably insane. I am sorry for your loss. Cheetolini pretty much killed your party, and it’s tearing itself up from the inside.

          • Lena

            To me, we are NOT defined by whether we are liberal or conservative, but rather we are, each and every one of us regardless of religious belief or party ideology, affected each and every moment by the tension between liberal elements that recognize and emphasize the individual and the conservative elements that recognize the practical necessity of our being social animals with the need to get along with each other to more fully realize “our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” By this understanding, allowing same-sex marriage is actually a very conservative thing to do.

            In the current political environment, I stick to the labels Republican and Democratic vice conservatism and liberalism.

            Politically, I consider myself old-school Minnesota DFL even though I moved out of state years ago.

            But who cares about all that! I would love nothing more than to see the Republicans completely implode along with a renaissance of the Democratic Party as a viable force that gets things done that are good for all of us Americans and the world.

          • JaniceInToronto

            Perhaps we should just label Republicans as warmongering homophobic, racist murdering scum and non-voting Democrats as their enablers for the present.

            That would fit pretty well…

          • Lena

            Jaha. What you said understates my sentiments exactly.

          • RepublicansRNotConservative

            Ha, no i’m not a LCR, though I might be “certifiable” at times , LOL (a recent example was election night). I’m happily independent, though voting for more Dems these days than I’d like (basically all Dems…sheesh). My home state is IL, and the Dems there have pretty much f-ed it up beyond all reason with financial malfeasance leaving their bonds just one grade above “junk”. Its truly sad, and evidence that too much of any party can lead to a hangover. I didn’t really have much of an opinion about “Cheetolini” until he decided to run for Pres. I call him Putin’s Trumpanzie. Humor is my favorite form of therapy. BTW, I was a republican between 1980 and 1995. But at the time, the Dems were no more progressive on LGBT rights than Reps. And I believed they were more fiscally responsible, though that really was drinking the cool aid as they say. (I’m old enough to remember the Jim Jones incident, btw).

          • JaniceInToronto

            I will grant you that being a politician is a genetically inherited birth defect.

            They are all pretty much shit, but some are WAY more shitty than others. We have moron politicians here, but they are usually just laughed at.

          • RepublicansRNotConservative

            If you’re up for the dialog, here’s a question I have about politicians. Do you think a good person can be a good politician? Using USA Presidents since 1976 as example. I understand you are from Toronto and may not be as interested in our Pols but I can’t pass judgment on many Canadian Government officials. One national soap opera is all I can stand.

            I think Jimmy Carter is one of our national treasures. I also think the world would be a better place if more of us, even just a few, were like him. But I don’t think he was a very good POTUS, I’d give him a “D”.

            At the other end of the spectrum, I think things went pretty well under Bill Clinton, B+ (would be an A if he’d nipped that mess in Afghanistan in the bud instead of that distracting Lewinsky BS…selfish).

            Reagan was a great leader with a lot of bad ideas (trickle down economics is really like being talked into golden showers with someone you don’t like and that just ate asparagus) Grade C-, and that might be generous.

            GHW Bush bad leader Grade C. I can’t remember anything of importance during his tenure. I do recall U2’s Bono calling him from the stage during concert tours. I kept thinking…why doesn’t he just answer…once! If I were him, I would have. Sheesh.

            GW Bush…F! He set the bar for bad…until Putin’s Trumpanzie.

            Obama, decent man, good to our community, inspirational and yet unable to lead anyone other than his supporters-Grade B.

            So I wonder if good people can be good politicians.

          • JaniceInToronto

            I’m not really sure about “good” and “bad” people, but I think it takes a hell of a lot of hubris to actually believe one has the chance to win a presidential election. Maybe it just goes with the territory. Politicians really are their own species. I know a couple of politicians here who I knew at the start of their careers. Let’s just say that the job didn’t exactly make a shining star out of either of them. I wouldn’t want their job.
            That, plus politics is a dirty business and one has to be able to stretch and bend their beliefs to get the ‘others’ on their side. Lots of give and take and political favours that sometimes force an otherwise “good” politician to endorse a cause, or causes, that they do not actually believe in. In Canada, so far, so good. I’m sure it can all fall apart under the right circumstances, but things here are not so bad. Our treatment of aboriginals is abhorrent and needs fixing. I am embarrassed that our government (both sides) are complicit in allowing aboriginals to live in inhuman conditions.

          • Vista-Cruiser

            Your votes for Reagan and Bush I foisted Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas upon us.

        • Steverino

          Preservatives. I like that as a political reference. It’s like preserving something dead in formaldehyde, and pretending it’s still alive, or preserving it in the vain hope it can eventually be revitalized, but in reality, it is dead and gone.

    • Michael R

      Some people have to have an enemy to uphold their self importance ,
      even if they have to invent one …………
      they are called assholes .

    • S1AMER

      The simple power of “faith” — I’m right, god loves me, I will survive earthly death, so screw you and everybody else ’cause god loves me and hates you.

      • RepublicansRNotConservative

        And God is the the most powerful excuse for mistreating other humans.

        • Librarykid

          Up by a hundred million!

    • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      There’s actually quite a bit of old money donation to “pure” pro-Christian causes, like anti gay or anti abortion.

      • RepublicansRNotConservative

        Money, and POWER. I think POWER is the motivation, and money is how they they keep score.

    • It’s bullying. There aren’t that many trans people and they aren’t very well understood by the rest of society which makes them an easy target. Most people don’t know a trans person which makes it easy to demonize them with lies. Yes, only a horrible person would do that. We call them Republicans. (Other people are terrible too, btw, but they are the worst offenders at the moment.)

      • RepublicansRNotConservative

        We call them Republicans. I like that. 🙂

    • Daveed_WOW

      Hate and fear. That’s why they do it. It’s not a mystery. The plutocracy feeds them propaganda and religion and they fall in line like the sheep that they are.

    • NancyP

      A good grift for the politician, who doesn’t have to get a “real” job and who can distract the populace with BS. Phariseeac self-justification for the clods in the pews, who would not be tempted to commit the sin in question.

      And don’t diss women with masculine facial structure, please. Stick to the “smarmy Republican” angle please.

    • Oh, Parker

      It’s simple. They have to force everyone else to believe their religion because it’s too implausible on its face to believe themselves. Since we reject their beliefs, we are a danger to their need for complete control and compliance to their world view. If they were secure in their beliefs they wouldn’t need our acceptance. Feet of clay and all that…

    • karmanot

      Well, the Babble does say, Suffer unto the childrens….or something like that.

  • Boreal
  • Rex

    Can someone explain to me what is “natural” about marriage?
    It’s a man-made institution.
    A contract.
    Keep your personal beliefs out of my civil rights.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Totally OT but if you find yourself in Washington County, OR Run!

    This is one batshit crazy LEO. How did he pass the psyche eval?
    https://twitter.com/crazy_dukes

    • Millstone

      It’s also totally fake. Like a lot of the OT BS you post on or from Twitter. Which is why I blocked you, but there you are.

      • The_Wretched

        I find I’m incapable of replying to people I’ve blocked.

        • Millstone

          They appear before disqus recognizes who you are and then they’re gone when you log in. I unblocked her long enough to call her on her bullshit. I should come in through disqus to avoid that.

          I’m not easily aggravated, but damn. I hate BS and needy mofos.

          • ChrisInKansas

            I never have that problem with people I’ve blocked…

            I’m not calling BS, but there’s some odd scent…

          • Millstone

            So, when I visit a disqus site, my avatar is blank (like right now, even) and there’s a “log in with” bar below. When I click on the disqus logo it’ll log me in and my avatar appears. At the same time, the three or four folks I’ve blocked vanish.

            Should I have lashed out? No. But I’m pretty sure she blocked me ages ago anyway.

          • McSwagg

            He’s a retired LEO. It’s the “thin blue line” at work.

  • Smokey
  • Phil2u

    I am not going to say a thing about her name! Not a thing….!

  • Tawreos

    How sad is her life that she is worried that a gay person is out there, going about there life, with absolutely no shame at all?

    • Dave B

      Living life without shame. This is it, in their eyes we should all be downcast and shameful. Equality feels like oppression to those who are downcast and filled with shame.

  • Uncle Mark

    What’s a Republican Party without their gay piñata to constantly beat up?

  • Boreal
    • Daveed_WOW

      This is a nation of Puritans. It’s a little worse than that little joke, however. They actually want to see the transgressors suffer. So this law, if it was enacted, would endanger the health of families and children when health benefits are denied them. That’s the goal, not an accident.

  • S1AMER

    This is probably too much even for most of the other legislators in Tennessee. For now, at least.

    But look for “religious liberty” to proceed at the national level. There’s a fair chance the “First Amendment Defense Act” could move forward in Congress, effectively ending whatever non-discrimination protections we have in any states.

    More likely, within a few years there will be five (or six) Supreme Court justices who will be friendly toward notions of “religious liberty” that would allow those who claim religious or moral objections to us to deny us any sorts of rights (marriage, jobs, rentals, services, whatever).

    Yes, it can happen here — don’t let any fool tell you any rights we have are probably safe going forward. The America you grew up in is no more.

  • Michael R

    Mae Beavers has done nothing but ruin a good drag name .

    • Phil2u

      L O L. The doctor who delivered me was Dr. Beavers.

    • Gest2016

      Surprised she is so anti trans she can barely pass for female herself.

      • ByronK

        She’s what the British refer to as a “handsome woman”.

        • liondon#pay4dawall

          Ummmm… No she’s not.

          • Schlukitz

            I agree. She is fugly.

        • Stogiebear

          Eleanor Roosevelt was a handsome woman. This bint’s just fuck ugly, through and through — or as some Brits might say: throughly.

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b0889d9c8edfdbe4945fe52d52520abdf774d88bfcbbfbd8d20d62336832dcbf.jpg

        • Uncle Mark

          Why does it seem that it’s the ugliest people, who try to screw up or dictate the love & sex lives of others? It’s almost as if they’re afraid their partner will pursue the new options with someone else, unless there are strict laws in place. (I’m looking right at you, Michele Bachman & Kim Davis. I’d look at Ms Beaver too, except it hurts my eyes, plus I’m already gay…and don’t require any additional help in that direction.)

          • David Walker

            It’s to compensate for their feeling that they are unloved… because they ARE fucking unloved because of the shit they pull. All part of that “no compromise, take no prisoners” bullshit emanating from DC.

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    • McSwagg

      I’m sure she pronounces it “Beaux-Vair” after the fashion of a certain Hyacinth.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    “An ardent supporter of rape culture”

    What does that mean?

    • Boreal

      It means no sane man wants her so………………………………..

      • Schlukitz

        You beat me to the punch. LOL

    • Millstone

      I’ve been called a supporter of rape culture for having “Grease” on DVD and being fond of Pepe LePew.

      But no doubt she’s one of those “she was asking for it” slut-shaming types.

    • A Trump Republican. Instead of pale-oconservative or neoconservative let’s invent a new term — a pussygrab-conservative. Can this be shortened somehow?

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Beaver Basher

    • Stogiebear

      That someone wrote a Wikipedia article about her and she doesn’t know about it. LOL!

      • Chuck in NYC

        This is how you get sucked into the Internet: I went to her Wikipedia page and saw she’d graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University, so I went to the page for TNU and learned all about that institution. I also noted at the bottom a list of “notable” alumni — and poor old Mae isn’t on it. LOL

  • Tiger Quinn

    “Natural” marriage. You know, like you find anywhere else in nature, between any plant or animal.

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • geoffalnutt

    “Gee, Mom…I think there’s something wrong with the Beavers”.

  • Boreal
  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Natural marriage would indicate girls getting married the moment nature starts their ovulations and boys when they start ejaculations. So, marriage at 12 or 13. Somehow, I think Beavers and Pody would actually be for this.

  • clouds 9

    Will the new law apply to their toothless inbred sex with their sisters, cousins and pet possums?

    • Boreal

      Oh noes, thems all christins.

      • clouds 9

        Hilarious!! But, true!

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      No! That there’s natural marriage!

      • clouds 9

        Yes! Exactly!!

  • 2patricius2

    Maybe someone could introduce a bill in the legislature for another unconstitutional law – this one banning right wing christians from running for office……

    • bzrd

      of banning them from the US

  • Baltimatt

    That video. Tennessee repealing natural marriage ban?

    What is natural marriage, and when was it banned?

    • Boreal
      • Rex

        I didn’t know Ivanka had a wedding dress line. Look out Vera Wang.

      • nocadrummer

        At least she’s not BAREFOOT and pregnant.

        They look like characters straight out of an old John Waters movie.

        • ultragreen

          She’s so fat: How can you tell whether or not she is pregnant?

          She’s wearing a see-thru dress: I can see the outline of her underpants!

      • JCF

        Creating a tableu of “Jack Sprat”?

    • Arewenotmen

      You said ” banned” 😬

      I like the “new” additions over at the sun. “Good” job on “moderating” !
      😁

  • AtticusP

    Why are these assholes so fixated on what other adults do with their bodies in private?

    i’m betting that a lot of these people have forgotten what genitalia are for. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/167d064ad7024e360082c4ba2fead1456942f69fea6848396a08310eb677d258.jpg

    • bzrd

      look at her picture
      she’s a bitter bitch
      nuff said

      • Librarykid

        She was weaned on sour pickles.

  • We are headed for a Constitutional crisis. Let’s say this bill passes in TN (maybe someone will be smart enough to kill it in committee). It’s unconstitutional but will the state abide by the ruling? If not then what? Will the Trump administration act? If not, then what. The courts have no enforcement arm. That’s the executive branch’s role and if they decide not to adhere to court rulings….

    • Daveed_WOW

      You send in the National Guard and you enforce the law. That’s what guns are for.

      • But it’s the executive branch that would send in the National Guard, not the court. What if they don’t do that.

        Here’s an example. The courts continue to rule against the Trump administration on immigration and they ignore the courts. Then what happens?

  • DesertSun59

    So, one thing that’s noticeable about the US is that religion is very regional. The more backward the state the more intense the love of this Bronze and Roman Age mythology the people express.

    • Librarykid

      It is related to education vs. indoctrination.

  • CPT_Doom

    Democrats should sign onto this bill under the guise that it will start a national movement and save the country money when we don’t have to recognize Melania’s marriage to wee Donnie with the tiny fingers.

  • Charlie

    Let the lawsuits and boycotts begin against the state of Tennessee if this becomes law in that state. Who do these people think they are? If such a law ever makes it to the SCOTUS they have to PROVE all the harm same-sex marriage has caused to the people of their state and that will be IMPOSSIBLE because no one has been harmed in any way anywhere. These douchbags want to make everyone in their state to fall in line with their bigoted, homophobic view of the way they think things should be. Wait until major corporations start pulling their business out of their state in protest…let the ‘fun’ begin.

    • Librarykid

      Corporations with more than one location don’t want different pay and benefit packages in the various states so they will fight this, too.

    • Bonobo

      Tennessee… yet another fly-over, southern state.

  • Robert Conner
  • Xuuths

    Boy, didn’t any of these idiots pay attention in high school government/civics class?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4976a67c37c107556d1a3cbc679f856803b5a569f117e425a847e723e63e989a.jpg

  • justmeeeee

    Beavers and Pody, huh? I wonder what Beavis and Butthead would think of those names?

  • It’s always these old white folks…hurry up and go home to your lord and savior already, will ya?

  • Michael R

    She won’t admit this , but she did experiment in college

    https://s27.postimg.org/3u3jxk7w3/mae_beavers_done_it_all_MB.jpg

  • hdtex

    Mrs. Beavers…what an appropriate name. Seems this bitch just can’t help herself from meddling. http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/24/resolution-tennessee-would-deem-porn-public-health-crisis/96994024/

  • Matt

    Tennessee: take you bible and stick it where the sun don’t shine. Oh, and bless your hearts.

  • Ray Page
  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    The keep saying that marriage is : ” One man, One woman ” do some of these idiots think that they can no longer get married ??

    • Jon Doh

      They would feel better if it read “one man, one sister”.

      • Reality.Bites

        One man, three sisters

  • Harshan

    They are going to lose on the Tenth Amendment, which says that powers not given to the federal government (marriage) are given to the states, except those prohibited by the constitution. The 14th Amendment is such a prohibition. It expressly prohibits the states from discriminating. The Tenth Amendment is against them, not for them.

  • A virtual porn actress named Mae Beavers is going to hitting the kinky world of virtual porn shortly. And our nasty Republican politician lady from Tennessee is going to know all about her escapades and be shocked. Naughy Machinima is just one of the channels where this stuff is shown. http://www.naughtymachinima.com/ You heard it here first.

  • clouds 9
    • This is OT. For some reason, the Seinfeld episode — the one where George Costanza sent his mother into traction since she caught him “treating his body like an amusement park” in the bathroom with one of her issues of Cosmo in Queens — and he is visiting her in the hospital and watching the woman in the next bed getting a sponge bath from her nurse behind a silk screen and trying not to “pollute himself” with his mother yelling out “George, you are not paying attention to your cousin Shelley!” come to mind. I do not know why.

      • clouds 9

        Never seen the episode, however, sounds hilarious!

      • NowAnAgnostic

        Wasn’t George’s first sexual encounter with his oversexed 2nd cousin?

  • Mike__in_Houston

    I was born in Memphis, although we weren’t there for very long since I was an Air Force brat. It’s probably just as well, considering all the things that Tennessee has done and continues to do with the result being that I am close to being ashamed to say I am from there. (I was around during the Davy Crockett craze when Tennessee was probably the toast of the nation, which is probably the state’s only saving grace as far as I am concerned.)

  • The_Wretched

    Marriage is a legal construct. There’s no ‘natural’ to legalisms.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Oh, whoever could have seen this coming?
    /s

  • B&E

    Just called the office of both Senator Beavers, and Representative Pody, to express my disgust as a tax paying Tennessean, and a legally married gay man, for these hate filled bills they are trying to pass. I doubt it will do any good, but made me fell better. These FUXORS should not be allowed to have another bite at this apple. TN was one of the losing states in Obergefell. How stupid and hateful these so call christainists are. I bet we could find pody jerking to some hard gay porn, if not caught getting a BJ in a backwoods restroom.

  • Is her name really “Mae Beavers?” – Just more proof that the universe is the sick solipsistic dream of someone with a wicked sense of humor.

    With her idea of the sort of legislation to introduce, despite her name, she’s just a dick like the rest of those Republican holes.

  • Michael

    And they wil end up wasting more of their taxpayers’ money on fruitless lawsuits. SMH.

  • Tomcat

    Don’t think Tennessee governor will sign it.
    He may be republican, but he is NOT stupid.

    • Tomcat

      He refused to sign bill making the bible the state book already.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Time for some drills, U.S. Marshals.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Rep. Pody occasionally takes a break from obsessing about how unnatural homosexuality is and presents “joint resolutions” to hot young wrestlers.

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    • RepublicansRNotConservative

      Well, if that wrestler was looking for grandpa sex….

      • Reality.Bites

        Creepy uncle, I think

        • RepublicansRNotConservative

          Creepy Christian Republican.

  • Stogiebear

    Now we know what Calista looked like before the surgeries.

  • Craig Howell

    Trump reminds many people (including myself) of Andrew Jackson. For all his deplorable actions, one good thing President Jackson did was to stand up to South Carolina when that even-then-backwards state tried to nullify a federal law it did not like. Hope Hair Trump would similarly bitch-slap TN or any other state that tried to nullify marriage equality.

  • Lawerence Collins

    Fcuk these old white GOP thugs!

  • Richard K

    Get ready for more of this. Here in Mississippi, Gov Phil Bryant is working to reintroduce his hateful House Bill 1523, which is nothing more than bigotry and discrimination veiled in the guise of “religious freedom/religious liberty.” The bill was struck down last summer by Federal District Judge Carlton Reeves, but Bryant and his GOP cronies persist. These folks refuse to realize this is 2017…NOT 1963. I wish the media would ask Bryant’s gay son what he thinks of his father’s actions.

    I know we have no recourse with our state government here about any of this. I can only hope that shit like continues to overturned by the federal and circuit courts, but there no guarantee with this state being in the 5th Circuit.

  • Blake Jordan

    Donnie is setting up the system to make this deemed illegitimately constitutional…

  • Rand503

    SCOTUS is not an “outside” court just because it happens to convene in Washington, DC. Idiot.

  • Galvestonian

    You know these people … the salt of the earth; without them, human life would become a stagnant pool. These are good hard-working, church going people … you know, morons !

  • karmanot

    Seriously? Beavers? OMG that’s hilarious

    • McSwagg

      “It’s pronounced Beaux-Vair,” she said with a bit of petulance in her voice.

  • David Walker

    “a firm believer in nativism”…
    Nativism (defined by Merriam-Webster):
    1: a policy of favoring native inhabitants as opposed to immigrants
    2: the revival or perpetuation of an indigenous culture especially in opposition to acculturation
    Yet I have the feeling she doesn’t mean giving the country back to the Native Americans.

  • David Walker

    They say the various conservative think tanks inspire them, but their think tanks tanked years ago, and they never thought much to begin with.

  • fuow

    We can expect much, much more of this. All you gay men who didn’t vote to ‘school’ Democrats, you deserve this. The rest of us gays, do not.

    • Reality.Bites

      It’s really annoying when you constantly pretend we have ANYTHING like the numbers to change the outcome of elections in shitholes like Tennessee. We don’t. Stop pretending we do and blaming the gay men who don’t vote (none of whom are here reading this anyway) for things we have no control over.

      • fuow

        No, what’s really annoying is when people ignore the facts.
        We’ve been through this before – we lost the electoral college by many fewer votes than the number of GLBT people in this country. In the three states which really killed us, we’d have to be less than 1/3 of 1% of the population before it wouldn’t have mattered.
        So, no, I will continue to point this out. As to the ‘preaching to the choir’ we all know that lots of folks here didn’t vote or voted green. They told us so.

        But, heh – you and I go through this every election. You’re a fatalist, I’m a furious yellow-dog.

  • GayOldLady

    Lived in TN my entire life and my entire life this is the sort of BS that LGBT and all minorities in TN have put up with. They hate the LGBT community, the Latino community, the black community. There is currently a State law that prohibits cities from enacting Pro-LGBT ordinances. Look at that video and tell me if you see anything other than WASPCS’s (white anglo/saxon protestant catholic straight)

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Poverty, healthcare, corruption, infrastructure, budgets…..but no, let’s waste our time trying to stop two people from getting married. Calling these people idiots is too kind.

  • j.martindale

    Vile political threats and posturing. She wants to violate the laws governing same sex marriage? I say she forfeits some of her rights. I understand that pyromania is against the law in Tennessee. Let’s swap rights. My marriage rights for your property rights. You take away my marriage, I burn your house down.

  • witch

    They don’t understand the Supreme Court has the power to Bitch Slap them

  • david fairfield

    Despite the Supreme Court ruling, it remains unlawful. Yeah, you left it on the books, so did half the country. Are you suggesting Tennessee is exempt from SCOTUS rulings? Again with this crap. Sally Jessy wants her glasses back, bitch.

  • Sadly, no comments at the ABC article. I was going to offer this:

    U.S. Constitution, Art. VI, Par. 2:

    This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in
    Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the
    Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the
    Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or
    Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

    But I doubt Sen. Beavers and Rep. Pody would get it.

  • JWC

    The end of another week and the Idiot in Chief has continued to embarrass the USA on a world wide basis even more. As he carries on logging twitter wars to everything or any one, conflict of interest be damned. Meahwhile the banal GOP , being mesmerized,watching the swirling of their country remain fully focused on those nasty Gays and what they are doing..The first jagged pill they had to swallow was in 1973 Roe vs Wade. Just imagine a WOMAN wanting the control of her own body How bloody adsurd was that They spent years bitching about it .On July 17 2105 a pill far worse was forced down their parched throats Obergefell vs Hodges Imagine GAY people being allowed to get married Why ,just plain Blasphemony, the nerve That is reserved for Christian men and women!! What made this almost impossible to swallow was it was done by a Black man who thinks he is a president I am so Glad that the USA is in SUCH GOOD little HANDS

  • SDG

    THEY CAN’T FUCKING DO THAT!!! Maybe they will succeed.

  • Tom Kidd

    Gee, while I was down in Tennessee this past summer it sure seemed like there was a lot of domestic disturbances on the news about husbands beating up wives or wives shooting husbands. Maybe they should introduce a bill where Tennessee husbands & wives learn how to defend themselves better. . .

  • Richard

    If I’m not mistaken, Tennessee is the sixth poorest state in the country. You would think these idiots would be trying to do something positive to lessen the poverty level of their citizens instead of attacking the Constitutional rights of the LGBT community.

    • RepublicansRNotConservative

      Na, keeping them poor is a better way to get them into the brainwashing pews.

  • JCF
  • glass

    America has a huge mental illness virus, we call it Republican.

  • greenmanTN
  • lukefromcanada
  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Tennesse has fallen a long ways from being the state that put women’s suffrage over the top to being ruled by fundamentalist Christians.

    Right now our state legislature is in the thrall of fundamentalist Christians in the state house with veto-proof majorities in both houses. The only thing that keeps it from going off into a religious theocracy is (believe it or not) a Republican governor who’s just a regular old conservative. He vetoes the worst shit that comes out of the legislature.

    Like many states, Tennessee is heavily gerrymandered in favor of the Republicans. It’s gonna take a major electoral upheaval to overcome that. But some of us stay and fight on. Like most states, our big cities are “blue” and the rest of the state is “red”. Hopefully Trump will make the Republican brand toxic and give a boost for Democrats in 2018.

    We’re hoping that the Tennessee legislature takes notice of it’s next door neighbor (North Carolina) and recognizes that going for anti-LGBT bills will deal them the same fate. That may be our best hope for defeating what Mae Beavers and Mark Cody are planning.

  • Greg Gibbs

    These superstitious religious ilk are torn from the same filthy cloth of their radical islamic middle eastern brothers and sisters. Shariah Law….Religious Fundamentalism in America? Can we just put these old unintelligent crones together in one big deplorable basket and let them rapture eachother off the face of the planet for the sake of PEACE?? They are beyond help. They honestly believe they are doing something good here, yet walk around with this excited angry glaze in their eyes for the world’s end and doom (Revelations) Wake up idiots!..The world is ROUND!..something your prophets didnt know at the time they made their self-fulfilling predictions 2,000 years ago!

  • Danieruw

    I guess TN just has money to throw away on futile lawsuits…