Thursday, February 23

Thursday night discrimination blogging

Because sometimes already-existing laws just aren't good enough when it comes to keeping The Gays down.

NASHVILLE -- A Nashville judge ruled today that the proposal to amend the Tennessee Constitution to ban same-sex marriage can appear on the statewide Nov. 7 ballot.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit last year to block the constitutional referendum on technical grounds: the state legislature did not publish the proposed amendment six months prior to the 2004 legislative election, as the constitutional process requires. Instead, the notice was published 4 1/2 months before the election.

If voters approve the amendment in November, the ban on same-sex marriage that already exists in state law, would be placed in the Tennessee Constitution, which cannot be altered by the legislature alone.

State House Republican Leader Bill Dunn of Knoxville, who proposed the amendment, said he is happy with the ruling "and I certainly hope the ACLU will not continue to try to thwart the will of the people of Tennessee by preventing them from voting on this measure.


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