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herding cats

(19,514 posts)
Mon May 8, 2017, 11:35 PM May 2017

Pregnant Lesbian Couples Sue Tennessee Governor Over 'Natural' Language Law

Source: NBC


Four married lesbian couples, each expecting children in the fall, have filed a lawsuit against Tennessee over the state's new "Natural and Ordinary" language law.

The law signed Friday by Gov. Bill Haslam mandates that all words in the state's various legal codes be interpreted to have "natural and ordinary" meanings — including words like "wife" and "mother," which the couples say could interfere with their parental rights.

The law, which seems vague and semantic at first glance, came after conservative legislators filed a motion to intervene in a high-profile lesbian custody battle in Knoxville last fall. A handful of bills proposed in January sought to restrict the definition of terms like "husband" and "wife" in response — and while Senate Bill 1085 never specifically mentions LGBT couples, critics and supporters alike have pointed out its intent.

"Undefined words shall be given their natural and ordinary meaning," the law reads, "Without forced or subtle construction that would limit or extend the meaning of the language, except when a contrary intention is clearly manifest."

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/amp/pregnant-lesbian-couples-sue-tennessee-governor-over-natural-language-law-n756591

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Pregnant Lesbian Couples Sue Tennessee Governor Over 'Natural' Language Law (Original Post) herding cats May 2017 OP
Huh? PsychoBabble May 2017 #1
Its just more hatred and bigotry from the right. J_William_Ryan May 2017 #2
that's exactly what it is onetexan May 2017 #6
The right in this country reminds me of the isis in many ways Matthew28 May 2017 #3
Tiny minds fucking with small legal passages ProudLib72 May 2017 #4
take my wife please . where in the heck do they come up with this stuff. AllaN01Bear May 2017 #5
In a nutshell bucolic_frolic May 2017 #7
Big Assholes down there in the big state of Texas Angry Dragon May 2017 #8

PsychoBabble

(837 posts)
1. Huh?
Tue May 9, 2017, 12:14 AM
May 2017

That is just messed up.

How about we pack all of those TN legislators in the KY ark, float them out to sea, and let them wander across the waves until they land on a mountaintop, get raptured, or something ....

In the meantime ... two loving moms will be just fine.

ProudLib72

(17,984 posts)
4. Tiny minds fucking with small legal passages
Tue May 9, 2017, 02:06 AM
May 2017

have HUGE consequences.

Time for them to leave their mitts off any and all legislation.

bucolic_frolic

(42,080 posts)
7. In a nutshell
Tue May 9, 2017, 05:57 AM
May 2017
"Undefined words shall be given their natural and ordinary meaning," the law reads, "Without forced or subtle construction that would limit or extend the meaning of the language, except when a contrary intention is clearly manifest."

The clause does exactly what it purports to prevent, and allows what it wants to impose.

Courts ought to knock this one out.
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