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This was to close a rather large loophole in the marriage laws in Tennessee

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Democrat co-sponsor Rep. Darren Jernigan found a state loophole in February that gave a judge the ability to grant marriages to underage minors with no minimum age limit, the Tennessean reported.

In 2016, 42 men and 166 women under the age of 18 were married in Tennessee, the Tennessean reported.

Nonprofit group Unchained at Last says it has found at least three marriages in Tennessee involving a child as young as 10 years old, but state officials have disputed that claim.

Jernigan and other supporters of the bill say the loophole led the female minors being married to significantly older men where they face higher chances of being abused


But then this action was taken

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Republican House Majority Leader Glen Casada was convinced to send the bill to summer study in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee after an email from attorney and former state Sen. David Fowler, The Tennessean reported on Wednesday.

Summer study is a place where bills often die before they return for debate, effectively killing the bill’s chances to be passed.



And the reasons for this action are fairly f'ed up, but for an unexpected reason.

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Fowler’s email said he is preparing a lawsuit to counter the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage in the 2015 case of Obergefell v. Hodges.

Fowler is arguing that the Supreme Court’s ruling essentially nullified all Tennessee marriage licenses when it opened the spectrum of legal marriage open beyond just a man and a woman, the Tennessean reported.

If Tennessee was to ban child marriages by modifying state marriage law, lawmakers would be acknowledging the existence of gay marriage, according to Fowler’s legal theory.


http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/377367-tennessee-gop...

Yup. The Tennessee GOP is going to not going to outlaw child marriages because it may interfere with a legal challenge to same sex marriage. Nice reminder that while Trump is a rather large target, the GOP as a whole seems to be rather vile despicable human beings on their own
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THIS!!!

This is the kind of shit that makes my blood boil! BassAcwards are conservatives (or THESE ones in particular) are what make me sick to my stomach.
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They must have missed this...

https://www.unicef.org/media/media_102735.html
 
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You need to marry them young to get them into crisis actor school.
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Its all part of southern "courtship culture".

Don't mess with it!
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Don't forget their southern brother.

After outrage over Kentucky's 'child bride' bill, the revised plan is now on to the Senate
 
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Tennessee. Proudly upholding the tradition of a shotgun wedding.
 
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Talk about cutting off your nose to marry your 12-year-old cousin to her own uncle.
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How else is Trump going to find next years wife?

After all he has to buy american this time due to #MAGA
 
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Man, look at those Muslims with their child brides, mysoginy, homophobia and backwards attitude towards science. It's terrible, I tell you shake
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Ah, the religious "right." Always against something, never for anything.
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Well, I guess it's really only gay people getting married that will ruin the sacrament of traditional marriage. Not, like, child brides.
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