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Fri May 5, 2017, 11:37 PM

Tennessee 'natural meaning' law raises fears in LGBT community

Source: Reuters

U.S. | Fri May 5, 2017 | 6:58pm EDT

Tennessee 'natural meaning' law raises fears in LGBT community

By Chris Kenning

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Friday enacted a bill that critics say is an underhanded way of denying rights to same-sex couples by insisting on the "natural and ordinary meaning" of words in state statues.

The legislation, which was signed by the Republican governor despite pressure from civil liberty and gay-rights groups, requires words in Tennessee law be interpreted with their "natural and ordinary meaning, without forced or subtle construction that would limit or extend the meaning of the language." It did not explain, however, what that means.

Civil rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocates warned the law is meant to undermine the rights of same-sex couples in any statutes that include words like "husband," "wife," "mother" or "father."

Neither of the two sponsoring lawmakers, Republican state Senator John Stevens and Republican state Representative Andrew Farmer, could be reached to comment.

However, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported Stevens said he proposed the measure partly to compel courts to side more closely with the dissenting opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2015 ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges which legalized same-sex marriage.

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Sat May 6, 2017, 12:10 AM

1. Ah, the forces of right wing 'christian' hate strike again.

We let these people be in control and many of us will end up burnt at the stake. Talk about Sharia law????

This is it.

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