Whoa, What!? GOP Kills Bill Banning Child Marriages in Tennessee

When people ask what my party affiliation is, I like to say that I am always a Conservative but I am not always a Republican. Meaning that I always stick to my Conservative values but I do break with the Grand Ol’ Party on some issues.

Here is one instance that I do not agree with:

The Tennessee GOP killed a bill to ban child marriages in an attempt to save a court case against same sex marriages.

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The bill effectively called for the banning of marriages to individuals who are under the age of 18, who are legally children.

The Hill reports: 

House Majority Leader Glen Casada (R) was convinced to send the bill to summer study in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee after an email from attorney David Fowler, a former state senator, The Tennessean reported on Wednesday.

Summer study is a place where bills often die before they return for debate, effectively killing the bill’s chances to be passed.

Fowler’s email said he is preparing a lawsuit to counter the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the 2015 case of Obergefell v. Hodges.

Fowler is arguing that the Supreme Court’s ruling essentially nullified all Tennessee marriage licenses when it opened the spectrum of legal marriage beyond just between a man and a woman, The Tennessean reported.

If Tennessee were to ban child marriages by modifying state marriage law, lawmakers would be acknowledging the existence of same-sex marriage, according to Fowler’s legal theory.

The bill’s cosponsor, Rep. Darren Jernigan (D), stated: “Basically, what has happened is the Family Action Council wants to continue to let 13-year-olds get married in the state at the sake of their court case against same-sex couples,” he continued, “It’s disgraceful. I’m embarrassed for the State of Tennessee, and I can only pray that we bring this back next year and not let them get in the way.”

Unfortunately, just in 2016 alone, there were 208 marriages in Tennessee, in which one party was under the age of 18.

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