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GOP governor signs marriage law that could set the stage for a challenge to Obergefell

Posted on AllSides February 22nd, 2024
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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) has signed a bill that states individuals “shall not be required to solemnize a marriage” if they object based on their “conscience or religious beliefs.” The language of H.B. 878 focuses on “solemnization” – the act of performing a wedding ceremony. The list of people who can legally solemnize a marriage under Tennessee law includes all religious leaders, judges, county clerks, notary publics, and other mayors and legislative members. LGBTQ+ advocates believe the legislation is designed to give these officials the right to discriminate against...

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