On December 13th, a judge in Bradley County, Tennessee, will be asked to answer a question that no other court in American has been asked—on the basis of what authority can a state official issue a marriage license when the Supreme Court held two years ago that marriage license statutes like Tennessee’s are constitutionally invalid?
For more than a year, state officials have issued marriage licenses on the assumption that our law not only remains valid, despite what the Supreme Court specifically said, but that the law has been changed to authorize same-sex “marriage” licenses.
Last week, in anticipation of the hearing, the trial judge said the plaintiffs had asked a legitimate legal question that must be answered. It will be interesting to see what that answer is. It could just shake everything up in the legal community
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