Williamson County Case – Grant v. Anderson

Legal Action

On January 21, 2016, FACT, through the Constitutional Government Defense Fund, filed a lawsuit in Williamson County. On April 29, 2016, the Constitutional Government Defense Fund filed its response to Motions to Dismiss filed by the County Clerk Defendants.

Where We Stand

We asked Williamson County Judge “Woody” Woodruff to reconsider his dismissal on procedural grounds of the lawsuit. Judge Woodruff ordered Attorney General Slatery to set forth his position on the merits of our claim.

Press Statement

David Fowler, an attorney with the Constitutional Government Defense Fund, filed a lawsuit in the Chancery Court of Williamson County, Tennessee, on behalf of a number of ministers and concerned citizens over purely legal, constitutional issues created by the United States Supreme Court’s decision on marriage June 26, 2015 in Obergefell v. Hodges.
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Bradley County Case – Green v. Simpson

Legal Action

On February 4, 2016, FACT, through the Constitutional Government Defense Fund, filed a lawsuit in Bradley County, Tenn. On April 29, 2016, the Constitutional Government Defense Fund filed its response to Motions to Dismiss filed by the County Clerk Defendants. In November 2016, 52 legislators moved to intervene in the lawsuit in support of our client’s claims.

Where We Stand

Judge Mike Pemberton has not ruled yet.

Press Statement

David Fowler, an attorney with the Constitutional Government Defense Fund, filed a second declaratory judgment lawsuit related to the legal, constitutional issues created by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on marriage June 26, 2015, in Obergefell v. Hodges. The second lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court in Bradley County, Tenn., on behalf of a minister and commissioner residing in Bradley County.
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Knoxville Insemination Custody Case

Legal Action

On September 9, 2016, FACT, through the Constitutional Government Defense Fund, filed a motion to intervene in a Knoxville, Tenn., lesbian divorce case in which one of the women had a child through artificial insemination. The case is Sabrina Renae Witt v. Erica Christine Witt.

Where We Stand

Our motion to intervene was denied. Judge Greg McMillan of Knoxville ruled that 52 state legislators would not be allowed to argue that a state statute referring to children born by insemination to a husband and wife should not be interpreted in a way that would substitute the word “spouse” for the word “husband.” The court said that interpreting the statute to treat children in a mother-mother family the same as a mother-father family was not a “policy” issue.