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Bill on gay marriage back before Tennessee lawmakers

The Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act is back before lawmakers for the 2018 session. (MGN)

A once killed bill not popular among supporters of gay marriage is now back in the Tennessee Special Session.

The "Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act" would proclaim that the Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage doesn't apply in Tennessee and Government leaders don't have to abide by it, according to a report from our sister station WZTV.

HB0892: "Marriage - As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act," which states the policy of Tennessee to defend natural marriage between one man and one woman regardless of any court decision to the contrary. - Amends TCA Title 36."

The bill is being sponsored by Rep. Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) and is being discussed in the "Civil Justice Subcommittee" meeting on Thursday.

The bill was once sponsored by Mae Beavers (SB0752), who is now running for Governor of Tennessee. It was co-sponsored by Rep. Mark Pody (R-Lebanon). During a news conference in 2016, Beavers and Pody were booed out of the room when answering questions about the natural marriage bill and the "bathroom bill."

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