On Monday, the Constitutional Government Defense Fund, a strategic litigation initiative of The Family Action Council of Tennessee, filed a Motion for Relief from Judgment in the Chancery Court in Williamson County, Tenn., asking the court to set aside its earlier judgment dismissing the claims of five Williamson County residents related to the administration of Tennessee’s marriage licensing statutes by the Williamson county clerk following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.
Earlier this year, it was learned that the provisions in Tennessee’s Constitution that prohibit the state from licensing marriages between two people of the same sex were deliberately not enjoined by the federal court that heard the same-sex “marriage” lawsuit filed against Gov. Haslam.
The basis of the motion is those constitutional provisions still apply and they expressly make “void and unenforceable” “purporting to define marriage as anything other than the historical institution and legal contract between one man and one woman.”
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