Soon the Tennessee Senate will vote on a bill telling courts that any undefined word in the Tennessee Code should be given its normal and ordinary meaning. The bill is needed because judges increasingly like to give otherwise unambiguous words new meanings, essentially rewriting statutes to suit their policy agenda.
Unfortunately, our attorney general just gave our black-robed legislators ammunition for doing so. When gay rights advocates in the Legislature asked how the new bill would apply to words like “father” and “husband” in our statutes, he issued an opinion saying that courts can give those words a gender-neutral meaning like “parent” and “spouse.”
Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court redefined marriage. It looks like our attorney general now wants courts to rewrite the other words associated with the family to comply with the gay agenda.
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