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Tennessee House criticizes Supreme Court for gay-marriage decision

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee House has passed a resolution criticizing last year’s decision by the United States Supreme Court to permit same sex marriage.

Sponsored by Republican Rep. Susan Lynn of Old Hickory, the resolution says the law is “contrary to the express will” of the Tennessee Legislature” and the vote of the people of Tennessee.”

Lynn says she drew up the resolution in support of a lawsuit filed in Williamson County back in January challenging the Supreme Court’s decision. Lynn believes the nation’s high court has overstepped it’s authority.

“They purported to say that now our law means something else that the legislature and the people have never approved of. It would…if we let them do this today they will do it more in the future. We need to speak up as a legislature.”

Democrat Mike Stewart of Nashville spoke in opposition to the resolution, noting that it would have no binding effect.

“We’re spending a lot of time on issues up here (in the Legislature) that I think most people think are somewhat peripheral to the needs of the state. Skunks, sniper rifles… Meanwhile we have other important matters like Insure Tennessee that we - the governor’s Insure Tennessee plan – that we have not moved forward.”

The resolution passed the House on a vote of 73-18. The joint resolution goes next to the senate for its consideration.