We don't want special rights, just equal ones...
Any two adults who love each other and are in a committed, monogamous relationship should be able to enter into the same legally recognized bond without regard to age, race, gender, religion, or any other factor.
By not allowing same-sex couples to have access to the 1,100+ marital rights which "traditional" couples enjoy, TN actively discriminates against thousands of its citizens. The US Constitution clearly states in the 14th amendment: "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Allowing some couples to marry and not others is undoubtedly taking a giant step backwards in the fight for civil rights. The Constitution was designed with a separation of Church & State, yet we are allowing narrow-minded bigotry and religion to dictate discrimination upon an institution which is government regulated.
Marriage is about love, respect, trust, & commitment. No matter what the government wants to call the union between two adults who vow to spend the rest of their lives together, any government should not possess the power to decide which couples should be granted rights and which couples should not.
Repeal TN's unconstitutional Amendment 1 that bans same-sex marriage. In the civil right's movement, TN was left behind in the fight for equality; don't let our home state make that mistake again in the nationwide movement for the freedom to marry!
Overwhelming opposition to SB 2566 "Turn Away the Gays" got this bill stopped, and now TN is speaking out to take that victory one step further by gaining marriage equality here at home. Be on the right side of history & support marriage equality in TN by repealing Amendment 1.
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