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TN Judge Refuses To Divorce Couple, Blaming SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling

TN Judge Refuses To Divorce Couple, Blaming SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A judge in Tennessee told a married couple seeking a divorce that he could not grant one for them, arguing that the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision left him unclear as to when a marriage ends.

"The conclusion reached by this Court is that Tennesseans have been deemed by the U.S. Supreme Court to be incompetent to define and address such keystone/central institutions such as marriage, and, thereby, at minimum, contested divorces," Hamilton County Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton wrote when
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This is the equivalent of saying that after Brown vs Board of Education which required the integration of schools nobody could graduate because it was unclear who was educated. It is quite simply an appeal to the traditional States Rights values of the south, values which along with slavery caused the Civil War. I wonder if the people of Tennessee — and particularly its legal community — really want to play dumb in support of this idiot's attempt to personally oppose the civil rights of gay couples. I trust that he will soon find himself back where he belongs, chasing ambulances.

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Madaline Brown's curator insight, September 4, 2015 1:48 PM

A Tennessee judge told a gay married couple they weren't allowed to get divorced.  I believe that if gay couples want to get divorced then they can. Why treat them any different than a married man and women seeking for a divorce?

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Tennessee Supreme Court justices win after GOP campaign against them

Tennessee Supreme Court justices win after GOP campaign against them | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Tennessee voters rejected an effort Thursday to oust three state Supreme Court justices who were under attack by conservatives for being too liberal for the state.
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Congratulations to the people of Tennessee. Judges who write intelligent and well argued decisions that follow the law should not be removed from office by an electorate that wants a meaningful judiciary. It is judges who change the law or oppose commons sense, for example calling corporations people, that I want to see removed. Interesting that the figure head who lead the campaign to oust them congratulated them on their victory. Now, if the people of TN find themselves a new lieutenant governor, that I would understand. 

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