Edition Six, July 2019 – “Patriot’s defend their God and country.”
“WOE UNTO THEM THAT CALL EVIL GOOD AND GOOD EVIL.” ISAIAH 5:20
On June 26, 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court made their unconstitutional decision on same-sex marriage, our own Tennessee Attorney General should have immediately called for nullification of this sinful, illegal act. Instead, through the County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS), on the very same day that the U.S, Supreme Court made this decision, he instructed county clerks in Tennessee that you may now issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Did you get that? Yes, on the same day! Here is the exact statement from CTAS:
“Dear County Clerk,
We have been advised by the Tennessee Attorney General that county clerks may begin issuing marriage licenses immediately under the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell. The Attorney General will hold a press conference at 2:00 p.m. central time at which time this will be formally announced, but county clerks do not need to wait for the press conference to begin issuing marriage licenses.
Not only was this an unconstitutional act of the Supreme Court, but this decision also violated our Tennessee State Constitution. Nearly 82% of citizens of Tennessee voted that marriage is between only one man and one woman. In 2006 this became part of our Tennessee State Constitution.
Article XI, Section 18 (2006)
“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. Any policy or law or judicial interpretation purporting to define marriage as anything other than the historical institution and legal contact between one man and one woman is contrary to the public policy of this state and shall be void and unenforceable in Tennessee. If another state or foreign jurisdiction issues a license for persons to marry and if such marriage is prohibited in this state by the provisions of this section, then the marriage shall be void and unenforceable in this state.” (Emphasis added.)
Our Governor, State Representatives, and State Senators should have been in an uproar over this violation. They took an oath to uphold the U.S. and Tennessee Constitutions when they were elected to office. Our county clerks have taken the same oath. If your county clerk is issuing same-sex marriage licenses, ask them where in the U.S. and Tennessee Constitutions do they have the authority to do that?
Soon after this decision, Representative Mark Pody created H. B. 1412 along with S.B. 1437 by Senator Mae Beavers. These two bills would nullify the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage in the Session of the General Assembly of Tennessee. On January 20, 2016 H.B. 1412 was voted down in the Civil Justice Subcommittee. This is why it never made it through the other committees, and eventually, to the House floor for final vote by our State Representatives.
As we reported in one of our previous publications of P.B.T., the Civil Justice Subcommittee had five members, three Republicans and two Democrats. It failed by a vote of four to one. The two Republicans that voted against H.B. 1412 were First District Jon Lundberg (Bristol) and Twenty-ninth District Mike Carter (Ooltewah). The two Democrats were Fifty-first District Bill Beck (Nashville) and Fifty-ninth District Sherry Jones (Nashville). We would like to thank Ninety-seventh District Republican Jim Coley (Bartlett) for the only vote in support of H. B. 1412.
H.B. 1412 had 24 co-sponsors, 23 Republicans and 1 Democrat. The Tennessee House has 99 members, and the Republicans have a super majority in both the House and the Senate. Where are all of our conservatives, and especially Christian conservatives, in our State who took an oath to uphold the U.S. and Tennessee Constitutions? It is our duty as good citizens to get more involved and elect statesmen instead of politicians. We must elect those of good character and backbone who will keep their oaths and take back lost ground from those who cooperate with Satan’s plan instead of obeying Almighty God. Christianity is what made our great nation. The abominations of homosexuality and abortion will soon be our destruction. Many want to talk about the love of God, but few about judgement.
The foundation of our Republic and its laws are based on Christianity. Let us not fall prey to a lawless judiciary in legalizing what God and the Bible forbids.
Christianity, Constitution and Country
Patriot’s Brigade of Tennessee
P.O. Box 2442
Greeneville, TN 37744