Tenn. lawmakers declare Aug. 31 "Traditional Marriage Day"

Tenn. lawmakers declare Aug. 31 "Traditional Marriage Day"

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The resolution also cites the bible to declare that marriage is only to be "expressed only between a man and a wife." The resolution also cites the bible to declare that marriage is only to be "expressed only between a man and a wife."
"But once you think it through, I trust our citizens to understand that being for traditional marriage does not mean you're against marriage equality," said Johnson. "But once you think it through, I trust our citizens to understand that being for traditional marriage does not mean you're against marriage equality," said Johnson.
"I guess in a way it catches us so off-guard, there's already traditional marriages everyday in Tennessee," said Bleu Copas with the Tennessee Equality Project. "I guess in a way it catches us so off-guard, there's already traditional marriages everyday in Tennessee," said Bleu Copas with the Tennessee Equality Project.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee state constitution defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, so state lawmakers have designated a day each year to celebrate just that.   

Last week, lawmakers in both the House and the Senate passed a resolution making Aug. 31 "ido4life Traditional Marriage Day" in Tennessee. 

The resolution cites emotionally, financial and physical benefits of individuals engaged in traditional marriage versus single individuals.

The Nashville-based pastor behind the resolution says it's aimed at getting single men and women to take the next step and get married. 

However, not everyone sees the measure quite the same way. 

"I think it's kind of unnecessary, honestly. What would be the purpose than to cause more of a ruckus?" said Knoxville resident Chryseis Patterson.

Those we spoke with have mixed feelings as to why the resolution was passed.  

"It certainly makes sense they would have some sort of a resolution passed, considering the location of Tennessee, and considered part of the Bible belt," said Knoxville resident Julio Hernandez.  

The resolution also cites the bible to declare that marriage is only to be "expressed only between a man and a wife."   It includes nothing about same-sex couples.  

"I guess in a way it catches us so off-guard, there's already traditional marriages everyday in Tennessee," said Bleu Copas with the Tennessee Equality Project.  

In response to the resolution, the Tennessee Equality Project is striking back with its own proclamation, declaring Aug. 31 as "Tennessee Marriage Equality Day." 

"Just so all Tennesseans can kind of feel like they're all being represented," said Copas.  

Tennessee voters banned same-sex marriage in 2006. Rep. Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville District 13, says she supports gay marriage and gay equality, even though she voted to support the traditional marriage resolution.

"But once you think it through, I trust our citizens to understand that being for traditional marriage does not mean you're against marriage equality," said Johnson.

The pastor behind the resolution is sponsoring a rally in Nashville on Aug. 31.

The Tennessee Equality Project is also planning events across the state that day.

Because it's a resolution, not a bill, Gov. Bill Haslam does not have to sign it.

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