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Where Do the Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on the Issues?

Compare participating gubernatorial candidates Diane Black, Randy Boyd, Bill Lee, and Kay White by watching their videos and find out the answers to these questions: What do Tennessee’s governor candidates think about embracing gender identity theory? Who would Tennessee’s governor candidates nominate for the state Supreme Court? Which candidate for Tennessee’s governor ducked the “social issues”? Which Tennessee governor candidates weren’t afraid to address the “social issues”? Watch the gubernatorial videos and don’t forget to share the link with your friends and family members.

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Rehearing Requested in Tennessee Marriage Lawsuit

The lawyer representing five Williamson County residents today filed a Petition for Rehearing regarding last week’s decision by the Tennessee Court of Appeals in Nashville upholding the dismissal of the lawsuit in which the plaintiffs had asked Circuit Judge Joseph A. Woodruff to declare the status of Tennessee’s marriage licensing statutes after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

In filing the petition, the counsel for the plaintiffs, David Fowler, said, “According to court rules, rehearings are allowed when the parties ‘have not been heard’ on ‘matters of law’ that are ‘open to dispute’ and on which a court ‘relied’ in reaching its decision.”

In this case, Fowler said, “the court determined how Obergefell should be interpreted when the only question before the court was whether the plaintiffs had a right to be heard on the issue of interpretation. In other words, we believe the court decided the merits of the lawsuit—how Obergefell should be interpreted—without the parties being heard on that issue. We believe this creates serious due process issues.”

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Tennessee Supreme Court Rejects Petition to Change Disciplinary Rule

The Tennessee Supreme Court this week rejected without comment a petition from the Tennessee Bar Association and the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility to amend the Court’s rule governing professional conduct of attorneys. The proposed amendment added sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of things about which a lawyer could not comment, whether in his or her professional capacity as an attorney or in his or her private life, without risk of disciplinary action.

More than 400 pages of comments were received from attorneys and other interested individuals and organizations concerning the proposed change. Among the concerns raised were that it expanded the groups deemed as “protected classes” beyond that currently set out in both Tennessee and federal law, as well as concern that “discrimination” was not adequately defined.

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Tennessee Legislature Adjourns

This week the Tennessee General Assembly adjourned the second year of its two-year cycle, with about 30 of the 132 legislators now voluntarily leaving office for the final time.

Unlike past years when Democrats did not challenge a number of Republicans, this year all but seven Republicans will have a Democratic challenger. A number of Republicans will have primary challenges.

Given the unwillingness of a number of returning incumbents to address the advances of the sexual revolution infiltrating our public schools and destroying the structure of the family, voter education will be important. At TNVoterGuide.org, you will soon be able to find transcripts and videos of a number of the gubernatorial candidates answering important questions related to marriage, family, life, and religious liberty. Information about legislative candidates will be available in July.

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TN Supreme Court Restrains Itself in Election Decision

The special election for Mayor of Nashville to replace Megan Barry will be held on May 24 instead of August 2, according to Tuesday’s ruling of the Tennessee Supreme Court overturning the decision of the Davidson County Election Commission and a subsequent Chancery Court ruling. What is positive about the ruling is that the Supreme Court affirmed that it could not look at the “consequences” of certain interpretations of the applicable law and “declined” Metro’s “invitation” to “judicially amend” the law!

As a result of the ruling, the filing deadline was reopened until noon on April 12 and the new withdrawal deadline is now noon on April 19.

At this time, the candidates include Acting Mayor David Briley, At-Large Metro Council member Erica Gilmore, state Rep. Harold Love Jr., Ludye Wallace, former talk radio host Ralph Bristol, former Vanderbilt professor Carol Swain, and several more.

Whoever wins the special mayoral election will serve only until the August 2019 general metropolitan election.

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