Mark Hodges reports at LifeSiteNews.com:
The Supreme Court has no power to impose gay “marriage” on the states, according to a new measure introduced by Tennessee legislators that would ignore the court's decision.
The Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act states that in the state [of] Tennessee, marriage is between one man and one woman, "regardless of any court decision to the contrary."
The bill would make a law that "any court decision purporting to strike down natural marriage, including Obergefell v. Hodges, is unauthoritative, void, and of no effect."
Two Wilson County lawmakers -- State Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet and Rep. Mark Pody of Lebanon, both Republicans -- unveiled the bill at a rally at the state Capitol before hundreds of cheering voters.
"The Obergefell case is clearly and blatantly an overstep of the Supreme Court's authority," LifeSiteNews quotes Sen. Beavers as saying.
"The legislators also quoted Thomas Jefferson, who said, '[Whensoever] the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force'," LifeSiteNews reports.
This general principle from Jefferson appears in the first paragraph of the "Resolutions Adopted by Kentucky General Assembly," Nov. 10, 1798.
The U.S. Constitution, which defines the sphere of Supreme Court authority, clearly states that Congress -- not the Supreme Court -- is the legislative branch of the federal government.
"All legislative powers granted herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives," states the U.S. Constitution in Section 1 of Article 1.
Therefore, the Supreme Court has no authority to make law. Period.
In addition, any attempt to transmogrify a High Court "ruling" or "decision" in "the law of the land" not only violates the U.S. Constitution but also violates the Supreme Court "Oath of Office," in which every justice of the court swears to "support and defend" the Constitution before entering into that office.
Here is the Supreme Court Oath of Office:
I, _________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
"It is time that states like Tennessee stand up against the judicial tyranny of which Thomas Jefferson so eloquently warned," Rep. Pody said, accordng to LifeSiteNews. "This decision defies constitutional authority, and is one of the most glaring examples of judicial activism in U.S. Supreme Court history."
Because in Obergefell the High Court defied constitutional authority and broke the oath sworn to by the High Court justices themselves, its attempt to redefine marriage is "unauthoritative, void, and of no force."
Against this judicial tyranny, this High Court anarchy and violation of the rule of law, Tennessee legislators have stood up.
Bravo, Tennessee legislators. Let freedom ring.