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Read about legislative bills that we are tracking that relate to the family, including bills about marriage, insemination, pornography, the definition of words, and more.

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Contraceptive Drugs Coverage (SB 1142 / HB 721)

BILL SUMMARY Requires that every group health insurance policy, to the extent not preempted by federal law, have coverage for all contraceptive drugs and devices approved by the FDA. BILL ANALYSIS This is very similar to the Obamacare mandate on … Continue reading

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Natural Marriage Defense Act (SB 752 / HB 892)

BILL SUMMARY This bill is also known as the Natural Marriage Defense Act. It declares that Tennessee will only recognize and give effect to marriages between one man and one woman and will not recognize any court decision that purports … Continue reading

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Insemination Statute Repeal (SB 1153 / HB 1406)

BILL SUMMARY Also known as the Insemination Statute Repeal, this bill repeals the statute that deems a child born to a married woman as a result of artificial insemination, with the consent of the married woman’s husband, to be the legitimate … Continue reading

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Pornography Resolution (TN Senate Joint Resolution 35)

RESOLUTION SUMMARY Called the Pornography Resolution, this resolution declares pornography a public health crisis. RESOLUTION ANALYSIS As a matter of policy, it is good to identify factors that contribute to the breakdown of the family and the need to address … Continue reading

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Undefined Words Given Ordinary Meaning (SB 1085 / HB 1111)

BILL SUMMARY This definitions bill requires that undefined words in the Tennessee Code be given their natural and ordinary meaning, except when a contrary intention is clearly manifest. BILL ANALYSIS A broad definitions bill that could have a similar effect as … Continue reading

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Defining Husband, Wife, Father, Mother (SB 30 / HB 33)

BILL SUMMARY This is a definitions bill that clarifies that the words “husband,” “wife,” “father,” and “mother,” when used in a statute, are to be given their ordinary meaning based on the biological distinctions between men and women. BILL ANALYSIS … Continue reading