God-Given Marriage Initiative to Put Marriage Back in the Hands of Tennesseans

Today, God-Given Marriage was launched through The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT).

The purpose of God-Given Marriage is two-fold:

  • To ask the people of Tennessee a fundamental question, “Is marriage an institution government created and gave to us, or is it God-given?” and
  • To give the people of Tennessee a way to take marriage out of the hands of the nine unelected judges on the U.S. Supreme Court and bring marriage back to the people of Tennessee.

In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court tried to answer that fundamental question for every Tennessean. In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Court seemed to say that marriage comes from the government through the license it provides.

God-Given Marriage says, “We disagree.” Marriage doesn’t come from the government. Even Chief Justice Roberts said of the majority’s opinion, “Just who do we think we are?”

But, some will say, “What about the law? The Supreme Court has ruled.”

First, courts don’t make laws. Making laws for Tennessee is a state legislative function, not a Supreme Court function.

Second, with 81% of the vote, Tennesseans amended their state constitution to say,

Any policy or law or judicial interpretation, purporting to define marriage as anything other than the historical institution and legal contract between one man and one woman, is contrary to the public policy of this state and shall be void and unenforceable in Tennessee.

Did you know that in the federal court litigation against Tennessee that was part of the “Obergefell litigation,” the federal court’s Final Order and Permanent Injunction did not prohibit enforcement of that provision in Tennessee’s Constitution with respect to Tennessee’s marriage licensing statutes. Read the Court’s short opinion explaining why it could not enjoin the entirety of Tennessee’s constitutional provisions regarding marriage.

That provision in our state constitution and the limited nature of the federal court’s final order was just ignored by our previous governor and our attorney general & reporter. They told our county clerks to go ahead and issue marriage licenses without regard to the state constitution and without regard to whether the license being issued to same-sex couples would be “void and unenforceable.”

In addition to what the people said about marriage in their state constitution, a recent scientific market survey we conducted showed that 74% of Tennesseans do not want marriage in the hands of the federal government.

God-Given Marriage agrees. That’s why it is proposing that the Tennessee Legislature enact the Marital Contract at Common Law Recording Act when it reconvenes in January.

The act avoids the holding in Obergefell about marriage as a “licensed institution” by using the powers reserved to the people under the Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to protect their God-given rights and by using other U.S. Supreme Court rulings about common law and the common law’s understanding of marriage to tell the U.S. Supreme Court that, in Tennessee, marriage is not given to us by government, it’s God-given!

Watch this short video, Welcome to God-Given Marriage, and share it with your friends.


And be sure to follow, share, like, and tell your friends about the new God-Given Marriage Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter social media accounts!

For more information about the initiative, go to GodGivenMarriage.com.

Thank you for standing with us and Family Action Council of Tennessee to protect and defend Faith, Family, and Freedom!

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