Marriage Amendment Remains Heated After Vote

By: Allison Hunt
By: Allison Hunt

Knoxville (WVLT) - Tennesseans spoke their minds when it came to what defines a marriage.

Eighty percent of you voted to amend the constitution to define marriage as only between a man and a woman.

It's clear that many pastors here in the bible belt took the lead in getting out the word on which way to vote on the marriage amendment.

However, those who voted 'no' say the results are very disappointing.

A controversial issue, but the vote wasn't even close, the marriage amendment passes by a four to one margin.

And now the relationship of one man and one woman will be the only legally recognized marital contract in Tennessee.

"The government certainly is not imposing the law here, because this was a law from God before there was any other state law or national law or anything else," says Dr. Walter Taylor, from the Knox County Association of Baptists.

Dr. Walter Taylor with the Knox County Association of Baptists is not surprised with the outcome.

"The law as far as marriage is concerned comes directly from God in the first place, so for me, there's not anything to be debated," says Dr. Taylor.

But at the Unitarian Universalist Church down the road, a vote 'no' sign stands proudly, and Reverand Chris Buice says the decision is a disappointment, not a defeat.

"We need to have a long range view to work for goals that we may not see in our own lifetime, but be willing to commit to those goals for the long haul."

Members of the congregation say the results are disturbing and taking away rights from anyone is just plain wrong.

"I think it's too bad that the radicals want to lock in an amendment to bar that," says John Bohstedt, Unitarian Church Member

Those against gay marriage say it's impossible for two people of the same sex to procreate, and to them, that's the whole idea behind marriage.

"Mothers are more, I won't say loving, but their more apt to show it, fathers on the other hand are actually better at instruction at least in the generation I'm from," Eddie Chumley.

During this mid-term election, Tennessee was one of 8 states voting on the gay marriage issue.

All except for one, Arizona, voted in favor of the amendment.


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