A Tennessee judge has found a way to turn the tables on gay marriage supporters. Chancellor Jeffrey M. Atherton says he could not rule on the divorce of a couple in their 60s because of the recent ruling legalizing gay marriage. Atherton said,
“With the U.S. Supreme Court having defined what must be recognized as a marriage, it would appear that Tennessee’s judiciary must now await the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court as to what is not a marriage, or better stated, when a marriage is no longer a marriage.”
He went on to say, “The conclusion reached by this Court is that Tennesseans have been deemed by the U.S. Supreme Court to be incompetent to define and address such keystone/central institutions such as marriage, and, thereby, at minimum, contested divorces.”
Atherton, in his ruling, said he is baffled by how to treat divorce cases because of the Supreme Court’s gay-marriage ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. The ruling “leaves a mere trial level Tennessee state court judge in a bit of a quandary,” he wrote.
Others who have taken a stand like Atherton haven’t had the best outcome. Recently, a Christian pastor in Vermont was sentenced to one year in prison after refusing to marry a gay couple.
Steve Shand president of the Vermont Family Research Committee, said it is “open season on Americans who refuse to bow to the government’s redefinition of marriage.”
“Homosexuals are gay,” Shand told reporters. “Why should Christian ministers be forced to perform and celebrate any marriage that conflicts with their beliefs?
Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is in jail over her refusal to grant a marriage licence to a gay couple. Many think she is correct in her decision citing that the Supreme Court cannot make the law, laws have to be passed through Congress first. Congress has to have a Constitutional basis for passing laws, and there is no Constitutional basis for marriage. That’s why originally each state gave the people the power to vote on the issue, but it seems none of that matters now.