Judge Won't Divorce Straight Couple Because Gay Marriage Is Legal

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Judge Won't Divorce Straight Couple Because Gay Marriage Is Legal

A Tennessee judge said the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide has left him unable to determine what constitutes divorce.

A Signal Mountain couple, Thomas and Pamela Bumgardner, are still legally married even though they don't want to be because of Hamilton County Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton's stance, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

"The conclusion reached by this Court is that Tennesseans have been deemed by the U.S. Supreme Court to be incompetent to define and address such keystone/central institutions such as marriage, and, thereby, at minimum, contested divorces," Atherton wrote in his decision last week.

"With the U.S. Supreme Court having defined what must be recognized as a marriage, it would appear that Tennessee’s judiciary must now await the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court last to what is not a marriage, or better stated, when a marriage is no longer a marriage," he added.

Lawyers for the Bumgardners did not immediately return a request for comment from The Huffington Post.

Regina Lambert, one of the lawyers who represented Tennessee plaintiffs in the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage in June, told the Guardian that Atherton was "grandstanding."

"I think the chancellor was really making more of a statement of his personal feelings as opposed to having a legitimate concern over the divorce laws,” she said. “It’s unnecessary grandstanding by the judge so he can express disapproval.”
Here comes the push from the radical religious right. Expect more of this. What a crock, huh?
 
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Jokes on You! :lol: I love it
What's the joke? Unless, by some weird coincidence, this is LW divorce this silliness by a judge in Tennessee will not inconvenience LW in any way, nor cost him a dime, nor have any measureable impact on him or his family.
So, what's funny?
 
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Judge Won't Divorce Straight Couple Because Gay Marriage Is Legal

Here comes the push from the radical religious right. Expect more of this. What a crock, huh?
Judge Roy Moore started to try to pull some slightly less idiotic antics.
He was relatively quickly sorted out.

The next few days regarding this judge will be interesting.

I don't understand the concept of some right-wingers to think them acting stupid on the gay marriage issue somehow proves something negative about gay marriage.
It reminds me of a child hitting themselves in the head and yelling at the parent, "See what you make me do!"
 
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He is Brilliant for shoving the states rights issue in the face of Scotus, i see the pendulum swinging back toward those who have pushed to hard!
Nope. Common, garden variety conservative loon. And not a particularly smart one at that.
 
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He is Brilliant for shoving the states rights issue in the face of Scotus, i see the pendulum swinging back toward those who have pushed to hard!
Nah. He will be held in contempt by the Supreme court. This guy will face his just desserts. There's no turning of the pendulum to the right. There's going to be fewer and fewer right wingers in office come 2016.