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Tennessee Gov. Lee signs bill permitting officials to decline to perform same-sex marriages

Posted on AllSides February 21st, 2024
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Tennessee GOP Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday signed legislation permitting public officials cite conscientious or religious objections as grounds to refuse to perform a same-sex marriage. The bill does not ban same-sex marriages nor does it give officials the authority to reject marriage licenses to same-sex couples, The Hill reported. It merely states that objecting individuals "shall not be required to solemnize a marriage." LGBT groups have criticized the bill, though Republicans have contended it imposes no restrictions upon same-sex couples and does not impede their receipt of marriage licenses....

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