Monday, May 01, 2017 04:50 PM


NASHVILLE - Gov. Bill Haslam today indicated he's likely to sign a controversial bill that LGBT advocates charge is a "sneaky" measure designed to cause problems for same-sex couples in areas ranging from marriage to child custody. "We still haven't gotten the bill," Haslam told reporters earlier today in Lebanon following a school event. "As we always do, we wait until we get the final version of the bill to see." But Haslam added "we've been deferred to the will of the Legislature all along. The bill passed fairly overwhelmingly, I think like three to one in both" chambers. The governor will have Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery and his own legal counsel review the bill's final language. Senators took final action on the bill last week. It instructs Tennessee courts to gauge undefined words in statutes under their "natural and ordinary meaning." A similar bill that's going nowhere in the Legislature cited words like "husband," "wife," "mother" and "father." Such legislation has been pushed by Family Action Council President David Fowler, a former Republican senator and attorney who represented Signal Mountain. Fowler, who has blasted the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2015 same-sex marriage ruling, has sought to push the ...

News source: Times Free Press

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