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Tenn. law allows people to refuse to perform a marriage

Posted on AllSides February 21st, 2024
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Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Lee signed a bill Wednesday that allows people in the state to refuse to “solemnize,” or perform, a marriage if they disagree with it. Last week, Tennessee state lawmakers passed HB 878, which states “a person shall not be required to solemnize a marriage.” In Tennessee, only certain people can “solemnize” the “rite of matrimony,” including state notary publics, government officials, and religious figures, according to state code. According to Tennessee Code Title 36, which sets out the state’s rules on marriages and license requirements, “before...

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