TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Apr 8, 2019

Questions from fellow lawmakers caused State Rep. Ron Travis to put on hold his bill (HB 0213/SB1377) that would allow fellow Tennessee legislators and almost 1,700 city or town council members the ability to solemnize marriages in Tennessee, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. Lawmakers fretted about coming under siege from couples wanting them to preside over their ceremonies, obligations to counsel couples and other issues. One socially conservative representative worried if she could become the target of a lawsuit for refusing to honor a same-sex couple's request.