Same Sex Marriage Resolution


Resolution Supporting Amendment to Article XI of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee

WHEREAS, Blount County citizens are God-loving people with strong moral characters, work ethics and family values; and,

WHEREAS, at the core of our family values is the historical institution and legal contract solemnizing the relationship of one man and one woman; and,

WHEREAS, the State of Tennessee has placed on the ballot for the November 7, 2006 General Election the following question:

"Shall Article XI of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section: Section ____. The historical institution and legal contract solemnizing the relationship of one man and one woman shall be the only legally recognized marital contract in this state. Any policy of law or judicial interpretation purporting to define marriage as anything other than the historical institution and legal contract between one man and one woman is contrary to the public policy of this state and shall be void and unenforceable in Tennessee. If another state or foreign jurisdiction issues a license for persons to marry and if such marriage is prohibited in this state by the provisions of this section, then the marriage shall be void and unenforceable in this state."

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Blount County legislative body that we do hereby strongly support the aforementioned constitutional amendment and hereby affirm and agree that the only recognized marital contract in this state, and accordingly in Blount County, is that of one man and one woman.

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