Two Tennessee Republican lawmakers are backing a bill that appears to ban same-sex marriage in the state.

State Senator Mae Beavers and Rep. Mark Pody have introduced the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act.

A full summary of the bill has yet to be posted on the General Assembly's website, but a description reads, “[E]nacts the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act, which states the policy of Tennessee to defend natural marriage between one man and one woman regardless of any court decision to the contrary.”

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 found that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry. The landmark decision voided state laws and constitutional amendments which defined marriage as a heterosexual union. Many of these bans remain in place, though unenforceable.

According to, the lawmakers faced a barrage of questions about the proposal at a town hall to discuss unrelated legislation; none of which they answered.

“I see some signs back there and they're concerning other bills I'm a sponsor of,” Pody told the crowd. “The issue that we'll be addressing tonight will be the gas tax issue.”

The lawmakers said that they would answer questions about the marriage bill during an upcoming news conference.