TENNESSEE: Anti-Gay Marriage Bill Dead For Session

The Associated Press reports:

A watered-down version of a bill that took aim at Tennessee’s recognition of gay marriages is dead for the year. The House Civil Justice Subcommittee voted Wednesday to stop considering the bill by Republican Rep. Mark Pody of Lebanon until next year.

The bill would have required the state attorney general to defend county or city clerks in court if they’re sued for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Pody agreed to move the bill to next year amid two ongoing local lawsuits, which challenge the implementation of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage legal nationwide.

In the 2015 clip below, Pody reveals how White Jesus personally told him that same-sex marriage is the creation of Satan. Or something.

  • another_steve

    On marriage equality, when the monsters lose in a state like Tennessee, you know we’ve won.

    Game over.

    • Todd20036

      But they won in the WH.

      • Ninja0980

        And soon SCOTUS as well.
        I will say this, if these assholes think they’ll turn back the clock on us with no fight, they will be sorely mistaken.

        • Reality.Bites

          I think it’s telling that for the most part these attempts are coming from the most backward Reps in the most backward states.

      • Silver Badger

        They stole the White House. This makes three times in my lifetime.

    • FAEN

      Or they’re just waiting for another push after Gorsuch is confirmed.

      • another_steve

        Marriage equality is safe. Too many heterosexuals today know the nice same-sex couple living upstairs. We hold the lobby door open for their elderly parents when they come to visit the grandchildren. We bring them their misdelivered mail. We pat their dogs and cats in the lobby.

        They like us.

        Marriage equality is safe.

        • McSwagg

          You don’t get out of your safe little bubble much, do you?

        • FAEN

          I want you to correct about this matey.

  • Todd20036

    It would have been unconstitutional. The AG is supposed to support the US Constitution. This is a water is wet sort of thing.

  • bkmn
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    • Bryan

      I think you might owe pedobear an apology for that image.

  • another_steve

    Joe: Please stop using “gay marriage.”

    My marriage isn’t “gay.”

    It’s just “marriage.”

    • JWC

      remember a few tears back the big argument was that it had to be “union” not “marriage’ They always have to make a mark to show the difference

    • Lane

      But he didn’t use “gay marriage” — he said “anti-gay marriage bill” (not “anti gay-marriage bill”). I think he meant it’s a marriage bill that’s anti-gay. But I could be mistaken.

      • another_steve

        Yes, I see that now. Joe’s headline might have been referring to a marriage bill that’s anti-gay.

        If so, my dead 4th grade teacher — Mrs. Sullivan — is rising from her grave as we speak, ready to slap Joe for using sloppy syntax. 😉

  • Max_1

    If he’s “born again”…
    … What did his mother birth the first time?

    • poose

      Apparently The afterbirth came out first…

  • if i were a republican, i’d be super pissed at all these fucksticks who refuse to admit that marriage equality is now the law of the land. there are soooo many actually pressing issues and problems to be dealt with, and here they are wasting everyone’s time and money on measures that will never go anywhere. i’m fairly sure there are some people in TN who need a job or an education or health care who would like to see their reps do something about that, instead of these colossal wastes of time.

    • FAEN

      But Jeebus is all that maters.

    • Reality.Bites

      There are two kinds of Republicans. Those who don’t care about any pressing issues, and those who don’t care about any pressing issues but DO care about using the law to hurt minorities.

      Either way, no real issues get dealt with.

  • PickyPecker
  • Mark

    I think he is safe as far as getting SSM….but there may be quite the line to fuck him over.

  • FAEN

    Just as with Roe we are going to be defending our rights for years.

  • TuuxKabin

    Republican Rep. Mark Pody of Lebanon looks Pody dead for the season as well. Put a stake thru him, head to toe, just to make sure.

  • WitlessProtection

    Sort of O/T:


    But you would think the TN legislature would want to do something like this instead of keeping loving couples from marrying each other.

    One thing that stood out in this article is something Kasich said: “We all need to stick our noses into somebody else’s business,” he said.

    Typical GOP Gestapo thinking…smdh.

    • Treant

      Yeah, that would have worked with my father, who had open heart surgery, lung surgery, and a few bits of Roto-Rooting in the arteries all done at the same time.

      Post-hospitalization, he was on opiates for weeks. He needed them. He also then needed to be weaned off them slowly, but since recovery from all that was slow, it all worked out very well.

      Who’s Kasich to stick his nose into people’s medical needs?

      • WitlessProtection

        I believe in the context of hospital stays there is no change in prescribing, they are solely looking at out patient scripts. I agree there is no perfect solution, but when 85 people are dying A DAY from overdosing, in ONE city, something has to be done here.

        • Treant

          In this case, Dad was discharged quite quickly because, well, insurance companies dislike paying bills.

          Even I can think of a few things that would help. Free medication recycling (it currently costs and it’s bothersome). One week prescriptions, repeatable as necessary at the doctor’s discretion. And that’s right off the top of my head.

          • The_Wretched

            Smaller max dose / concentration too. A big part of the death rate is users not understanding how opioid tolerance works.

          • Treant

            Honestly, the few times I’ve been prescribed a painkiller, I’ve usually broken it in half or into thirds. If I have to dose more often, I can–and I usually don’t have to. Half or third is more than enough.

          • The_Wretched

            I needed opioids after a back surgery for several months but the overall dose was pretty low. Other pain relievers didn’t work. Conversely, opioids were useless for migraine or other pain that wasn’t from my surgery site.

  • The_Wretched

    Pody is an asshole. He doesn’t have a right to have everyone else follow his version of his religion. If your god-belief means legislating your religion, you don’t belong in office.

    • WitlessProtection

      If that were true, then 90% of the GOP would be out of a job, except Frump, Mr Two Corinthians has probably never stepped foot in a church to worship a god…

      • The_Wretched

        And that would be a pity. A legislature focused on governmental issues like roads, education, taxes, weal of the population etc.

  • Butch

    So if I cross the state line into Tennessee suddenly I’m no longer married? How does that work?

  • KnownDonorDad

    Some of them haven’t figured out that they’ve lost, bless their hearts.

  • Rex

    He doesn’t want to know what Jesus told me.

  • Hank

    Hell, they STILL have not given up on LOSING the Scopes Monkey Trial and NEVER WILL!!!

    • -M-

      We know what you meant, but Scopes was convicted.