This Tennessee Town Barely Voted Down An Anti-Gay Marriage Resolution

"We have a Christian-based county commission."

Two-and-a-half years after the Supreme Court affirmed federal marriage equality, conservatives are still fighting against it, in ways big and small—from Kim Davis refusing to give marriage licenses to gay couples to a Texas court ruling that the right to a marriage license didn’t entitle gay employees to add their spouses to their insurance plans.

This week, the county commission in Hamblen County, Tennessee, narrowly voted against a resolution condemning same-sex marriage and calling for lawmakers to outlaw it in the Volunteer State.

Four commissioners voted for the resolution on Thursday, while five voted against it and four abstained.

“I just strongly believe it should be between a man and a woman,” Hamblen County Commissioner Tim Goins told WBIR News 10. “We have a Christian-based county commission, I believe.”

Goins added that he though the country was “going down the wrong track”, and blamed it on parents not taking their children to church: “The children need to be guided. Look what’s happening to our children today. If we had more parental guidance, I think we’d do a lot better.”

Dozens of onlookers stood inside and outside the Morristown courthouse, many wearing red to symbolize their opposition to the resolution. Had it passed, it would’ve called on the Tennessee General Assembly in Nashville to nullify Obergefell v. Hodges.

Commission Chairman Louis “Doe” Jarvis initially voted against bringing the matter to a floor vote in the first place: In his view, it wasn’t the commission’s role to “deal with matters of the U.S. Supreme Court.”

The Patriot’s Brigade, a right-wing homophobic group, advocated for the resolution. On its website, the Brigade states its purpose is “to restore a Christian form of government” in the United States.

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