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Rep. Womick Applauds Kentucky Clerk Who Won’t Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Press Release from Tennessee State Representative Rick Womick, R-Rockvale, Sept. 3, 2015:

NASHVILLE – Representative Rick Womick stands along side Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis and Governor Mike Huckabee in asking the questions, “Under what law, federal or state, are our county clerks issuing homosexual couples marriage licenses?  What federal law would Tennessee county clerks be violating if they did not issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples? Under what federal law would they be prosecuted and held in contempt for violating if they did not issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples?” The answer, which has eluded our Governor and our State Attorney General, is simple; there is not one!

Once again, I call on all Tennessee County Clerks to uphold the only written law regarding same sex marriage, that being Tennessee Code Annotated, and the Tennessee State Constitution.  To immediately stop issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples; anything less is a violation of their oath of office.

Additionally, I call on Governor Haslam and Attorney General Slatery to defend and uphold the actions of all Tennessee County Clerks who do not issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples. I call on both of them as well to uphold their oath to the Tennessee State Constitution and to recognize that marriage is only between one man and one woman, since there is no law, federal or state, purporting otherwise.

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