Tennessee state Representative Rick Womick, a Republican, has proposed getting the state out of the marriage business.

Womick's proposal is a response to the Supreme Court's June finding that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.

In remarks to the Daily News Journal last week, Womick claimed that the nation's highest court does not have the authority to settle the issue.

“They can't create law from the bench, so their opinion is not the law of the land,” Womick said.

“The Supreme Court is not going to force the state of Tennessee to issue same-sex marriage licenses,” he continued. “We'll just stop issuing marriage licenses period. You can't force us to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or to men or women.”

“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. He created Adam and Eve. God didn't create Adam and Winston,” Womick added.

Other states which have considered ending civil marriage licenses include Alabama and Oklahoma.