TN Marriage Defense Act Could Cost Taxpayers $8+ Billion, Lawmaker Undeterred

State Rep. Mark Pody, R-Lebanon, speaks at a rally at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in support of his proposal to exclude Tennessee from the U.S. Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling. Pody said he was undeterred by a projected loss of $8.5 billion in federal funds if the Legislature enacts the measure. At left is state Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

The Tennessee lawmaker whose bill would bar the state from following the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling says he’s undeterred by a projected loss of $8.5 billion in federal funds if the Legislature enacts the measure.

State Rep. Mark Pody said at a rally at the state Capitol on Tuesday that the proposal he has dubbed the “Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act” is worth any cost – and the Lebanon Republican disputed the estimated loss of federal funds.

The proposal is scheduled for its first hearing in a House subcommittee on Wednesday afternoon.

Pody urged supporters to contact the five members of the panel to persuade them not to kill the bill.

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