Tennessee Lawmakers Reintroduce Legislation to Prohibit Same-Sex Marriage

Tennessee lawmakers are again taking on same-sex marriages, The Tennessean reports. Sponsored by by Sen. Mark Pody (R-Lebanon) and Rep. Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station), HB1369/SB1282 — known as the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act — would prohibit government officials from recognizing any court ruling that affirms same-sex unions, prevent them from being arrested for noncompliance of those orders and require the Tennessee attorney general to defend the state's law on marriage in any resulting court challenge. Legislation of this nature has been introduced multiple times since the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, most recently failing to advance in the last legislative session. 

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Several LGBT Couples in Migrant Caravan Wed Over Weekend

Several LGBT couples who traveled through Mexico with the migrant caravan participated in a joint wedding on Saturday, NBC News reports. The couples were married in Tijuana where same-sex marriage just recently became legal. There are about 80 LGBT individuals in the caravan fleeing Central America, where they face open discrimination and pointed violence. “This is an act of justice,” said officiant Hugo Córdoba. “The dream of marrying is an illusion for most of them. We are helping them make this a reality.” 
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