A Tennessee House subcommittee on
Wednesday defeated a bill which sought to block the U.S. Supreme
Court's June finding that gay couples have a constitutional right to
Obergefell v. Hodges struck down
as unconstitutional state bans and laws that exclude gay and lesbian
couples from marriage.
Republican Rep. Mark Pody's proposal
was defeated on a voice vote, the AP
“I equate nullification with
anarchy,” said Republican Rep. Mike Carter of Chattanooga.
The state warned that passage of the
bill could cost Tennessee an estimated $8.5 billion in lost federal
Medicaid and welfare money.
At a rally in support of the bill held
Tuesday, Pody reportedly dismissed the estimated loss of federal
“We're only upholding what we've
already voted on,” Pody said, a reference to the state's 2006
voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to