Statement on Davidson County Same-Sex Marriage Application

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (August 7, 2013) —David Fowler, President of The Family Action Council of Tennessee, issued a statement in response to an application for a marriage license in Davidson County by a same-sex couple.

Earlier today, Will Peyton and Jef Laudieri, a same-sex couple, applied for a marriage license in Davidson County, Tenn. The license was not issued based on Section 18 of Article XI of the Tennessee Constitution, which provides in part:

The historical institution and legal contract solemnizing the relationship of one man and one woman shall be the only legally recognized marital contract in this state.

“The issue that arose today was whether the clear will of 81 percent of Tennessee’s voters, who chose to define marriage in our state constitution as being between one man and one woman, would be circumvented because a small minority disagree,” Fowler said.

The Family Action Council of Tennessee, which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on the family. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values the traditional family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit