State Rep. Rick Womick’s response to the Supreme Court decision that allows same sex couples to legally marry nationwide is that Tennessee should stop issuing marriage licenses altogether.
“The state Constitution says that marriage is between one man and one woman, and my personal belief is that God says that marriage is between one man and one woman,” said Womick, a Republican who resides in Rutherford County, according to the Daily News Journal. “He created Adam and Eve. God didn’t create Adam and Winston.”
Womick said during a Tuesday interview that Tennessee should revert back to being a common-law state on marriage and stop issuing licenses for couples to marry.
“That would take the state out of the marriage business altogether,” said Womick. “I think that’s probably the best approach given the legal climate,” he added.
The Daily News Journal reports:
Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, a Republican from Nashville, appointed a task force that includes state Rep. Mike Carter to examine how to respond to the court ruling, and the group will soon meet again on the issue, said Carter, a Republican from Ooltewah in the Hamilton County in the Chattanooga area.
“We’ve been meeting for months,” Carter said during a Saturday phone interview. “I can’t tell you what’s going to happen because I don’t know what’s going to happen. I have no idea on which way it’s heading.”
Well the elected officials could always opt to do something constructive for the state instead.
“This is a state-sovereignty issue,” Womick said. “They have no business ruling on it to begin with. What we have up there is an oligarchy of five individuals declaring their will on the rest of the country,” he added referring to the Supreme Court Justices.
If Tennessee stopped issuing marriage licenses, residents of the state would still be able to go to church to obtain marriage certificates, Womick said.
“It used to be that way until after the Civil War,” Womick said.
In contrast, Laura Bohling, who served one term as a Republican Circuit Court clerk said she was “flabbergasted that we are wasting money on a task force to decide what to do on marriage licenses,”
“It seems like it’s the land of the free and the home of the brave unless you are gay,” she continued.
“If you identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender), you are not really a person. I’m just in shock. There are so many other important issues that our legislature could be working on other than this issue,” she added.
“I don’t even understand why are we are spending the time thinking about that,” said Bohling, who is the mother of an adult gay son, according to the DNJ. “Marriage is that point in a relationship where you codify, where you tell the world you love each other in a very significant way.”
“I don’t think that’s limited to just a man and a woman. I know many LGBT people who have great love for their spouse, and now they can call them their spouse, not just their significant other. I look forward to the day when my son gets married to his spouse, and I don’t have to leave Tennessee do do it. That’s silly,” she said.
This isn’t the first time Womick has failed to be inclusive of all Americans.
“Personally, I don’t trust one Muslim in our military” and “if they truly are a devout Muslims, and follow the Quran and the Sunnah, then I feel threatened because they’re commanded to kill me,” Womick said in 2011.
When asked if Muslims should be booted from the military, he said, “absolutely, yeah.”
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