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County Commission plans to express opposition to same-sex marriage

At its January meeting, the Unicoi County Commission will most likely vote on a resolution expressing its members’ belief that marriage should be defined as one man and one woman.
The resolution, according to discussion during the panel’s work session and regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Dec. 28, at the Unicoi County Courthouse, will also support the overturning of the June 2015 Supreme Court ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges which made same-sex marriage legal in the United States.
During the work session, Charlene Thomas, a representative of the Family Action Council of Tennessee and pastor David Crutchfield addressed the Commission about the Family Action Council’s efforts to fight same-sex marriage and the Supreme Court’s decision.
“We have a growing concern for our liberties and freedoms that we hold dear,” Crutchfield read from a prepared statement during Monday’s work session. “… The majority of the people in the state of Tennessee believe in God’s definition of marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman. In 2006, Tennesseans passed an amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman. The amendment passed with 81 percent of Tennesseans voting in favor of the biblical definition of marriage. In Unicoi County, it was 88.2 percent voting in favor of the biblical definition of marriage.”
Crutchfield went on to say that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges was an “overreach” and “a overstepping its power.”
“The Court’s decision has compromised our rights in the state of Tennessee,” Crutchfield continued. “And has created confusion in how we follow our own state constitution. … Same-sex marriage is just one of many encroachments (by the Court). …”
Commissioner Glenn White asked Thomas if anyone in the organization had discussed the supremacy clause in the U.S. Constitution.
“I’m for the resolution,” White said. “I’m for one man and one woman. But, the supremacy clause states that federal law trumps state law. … How do you plan to attack that?”
Thomas said the Family Action Council was the state legislature to “come between us and the federal government.”
White said the “only way” he felt the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage could be overturned is for 38 of the 50 state legislatures to request a Constitutional Convention.
Crutchfield said the resolution is a “first step” in working toward that goal.
“We are going to do something in Tennessee,” Thomas said. “We are calling it a radical revolution. … We want you guys to come with us and get bloody.”
During the meeting held following the work session, the Commission voted 8-0 to have County Attorney Doug Shults draft a resolution using the materials from the Family Action Council as guidelines.
Voting in favor of drafting the resolution were Chairwoman Marie Rice and commissioners Walter Garland, Jason Harris, Bridget Peters, Kenneth Garland, Glenn White, Loren Thomas and John Mosley.
According to Thomas, other county governments in northeast Tennessee, including Sullivan, Greene and Johnson counties, have passed similar resolutions.
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In other business, the Commission:
• Reappointed Kevin Hensley to the Unicoi County Planning Commission;
• Approved a $5,000 grant and a $15,000 grant for highway safety awarded to the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department;
• Approved the Interlocal Agreement with the Unicoi County Animal Shelter;
• Elected notaries.