The Tennessee House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a resolution expressing disagreement with the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on marriage equality.

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the high court ruled that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.

House members voted 73-18 in favor of a resolution that criticizes the decision.

Republican Rep. Susan Lynn introduced the measure.

“They can't decree that we now have to marry same-sex couples,” Lynn told The Tennessean. “Our law does not say that, it's never said that, and it was never the intent of the General Assembly to do that.”

On the House floor, Lynn said the decision set a “dangerous” precedent: “If we let them do this today, they will do it more in the future. We need to speak up as a legislature.”

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, criticized the move.

“Though only symbolic, this shameful vote to encourage defiance of the highest court in the land is a slap in the face to loving and committed same-sex couples all over the Volunteer State,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Lawmakers should be using their time and resources to help all families, but instead have prioritized a mean-spirited resolution that serves absolutely no legitimate purpose.”