Judge Tosses marriage License Dispute

A Williamson County chancellor has dismissed a local lawsuit seeking to ban Williamson County Clerk Elaine Anderson from issuing all marriage licenses in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding same-sex marriage last June.

The lawsuit, filed in chancery court by former lawmaker David Fowler on behalf of the Constitutional Government Defense Fund, named Anderson and Attorney General Herbert Slatery as a defendants.

The lawsuit argued that when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges to invalidate state laws’ exclusion of same-sex couples from civil marriage, the decision also invalidated the totality of Tennessee’s marriage statutes, thus denying secular marriage rights to everyone.

The plaintiffs in the case included Williamson County ministers George Grant, Lyndon Allen and Larry Tomeczak, as well as citizens Tim McCorkle and Deborah Deaver.

Chancellor Joseph Woodruff wrote in his court order that while the plaintiffs took Obergefell “to its logical conclusion,” he could not grant injunctive relief because the plaintiffs lacked an actual legal controversy for the court to rule on and because the court lacked the necessary subject matter jurisdiction.

Read More: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/williamson/franklin/2016/06/20/williamson-chancellor-tosses-same-sex-marriage-lawsuit/86159586/

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