Gay rights advocates hope for same sex marriage in TN

By: Kate Burgess Email
By: Kate Burgess Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)--It was Gay Pride week and on the last day, gay rights supporters nationwide are celebrating New York's same-sex marriage law. Some in the LGBT community are calling it "encouraging." But are same-sex marriages likely in Tennessee?
Members of the Metropolitan Community Church of Knoxville hope so.

"It's wonderful that New York has passed gay marriage. We've got a long way to go but it's affirming to know that we are on the right road," said church member Rick Sawyer.

Right now, Tennessee prohibits gay marriage. In fact some lawmakers were criticized by the gay community earlier this year for a measure that would ban the teaching of materials on homosexuality in grade school. It became known as the "Don't Say Gay Bill." But Reverend Jill Sizemore isn't discouraged.

"God loves everybody just the way we are. And we're not going to throw out gay. We are a gay people, a gay culture, with gay values, and we're just like anybody else, except we're gay," she said.

Within the walls of the church, that sentiment is strong. But on the streets, not everyone backs it.

"I don't think it's an institution I want to support," said one man who wished to remain anonymous. He said he hopes gay marriage isn't in Tennessee's future. "I don't want to sit there and pay for a lifestyle," he said.

For Sizemore, it's not a lifestyle; It's life...And death and taxes.

"Uncle Sam doesn't honor a Holy Union certificate when it comes tax time. Nobody cares about a Holy Union certificate when it's time to visit loved ones in the hospital. Those are things that are wrong," she said.

Things that she's confident will change. "We only have 44 more states to go, I hope Tennessee's next."


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  • by chrisenvy Location: Tennessee on Jul 15, 2011 at 10:02 PM
    I wish you people would ACTUALLY read your bible and not pretend that you do. Sodom and Gomorra was leveled because of the unnatural (against the rules of the city) treatment of the visitors. Nothing to do with Homosexuality, Man shall not lie with man was something written in the code for JEWS not Christians and Rabbis at that not even the common Jew. You people have no idea what you are talking about but even still, you argue your point without any actual knowledge of it. How can Homosexual be in the bible when it was invented as a term in the 1800's? How is that possible?
  • by jess Location: tn on Jul 8, 2011 at 03:09 PM
    nothing will stop us from being with the one we love. Marriage or not we will always be here. Why don't you worry about your own life and your own family and let us have ours. I love my girlfriend and we are having a ceremony to show it this weekend. I will be married to her in Gods eyes and that is what matters to me. Equal is for everyone not just who we pick and chose. God tells me when I do wrong and he leads me where I need to be. I thank God everyday for my amazing girlfriend and my kids. One day we will have marriage here so stop the hate now before you do something God will judge you for.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 4, 2011 at 04:03 PM
    Get out of our state and go back to the hole where you deserve to go.
  • by Carole Location: Knoxville on Jul 2, 2011 at 11:41 AM
    You know, Folks, why don't we just eliminate marriage entirely and let everyone live with whomever they please, have intimacy with whomever/whatever they please, the whole gambit. Let's face it: Ours is no longer a Christian-based society; neither do we stand on moral principles. "Ichabod."
  • by Annie Location: Knoxville on Jun 30, 2011 at 09:35 PM
    No where in the Bible is there an 11th commadment; Thou shalt not be gay. Jesus said absolutely nothing against homosexuality, but he did say do not judge.......and love your neighbors as I have loved you. Why are so many heterosexuals threatened by committed gay relationships? What's the real reason?
  • by Tammy Location: Pigeon Forge,Tn on Jun 27, 2011 at 09:55 PM
    Well Im one of many who prays that people would realize that its 2011,not 1950.We are normal people as well as you.We have feelings as well as the straight. The only difference is we don't have the rights you do. well,the way I was raised,you love everyone,hate no one and you get treated according the way you treat us.You shouldn't judge our books by their cover because you may find out that your best friend or brother/sister a parent that they were gay/lesbian/bi. Are you willing to face your maker and explain to him why you chose to judge someone.Wake up Tn we want to be equal as well as you.We don't harm anyone because we love the same sex.Really? The GLBT will stand behind me when I say," We put our pants on, one leg at a time,as well as the straight couples". Tammy Rep.Sevier Co Gay Community.
  • by Jon Location: TN on Jun 27, 2011 at 11:31 AM
    So they "love God"...Nooo...they love THEIR god...The GOD who created everything that is has CLEARLY STATED that homosexuality is an ABOMINATION...GOD did destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah...that should tell you something about how GOD views homosexuality...
  • by Cathy Location: Knoxville on Jun 27, 2011 at 11:22 AM
    God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve, or Annette and Eve. Wake up people, God allowed the flood to wipe out sin! Pay attention to the storms, earthquakes, the debt America is in, and the wars...these are signs of the end times. As Christians we love the sinners but not the sins, the same with God!!! God bless America!!! In God We Trust!!!!
  • by Patsy Location: Kingston on Jun 27, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    God does not hate homosexuals(gays). God hates the "SIN" of homosexuality, and if you read your Bible, it plainly states that homosexuality is a "SIN". My prayers each day are for all God's people and that we all abide in his will, but I also pray that Tennessee legislation not subcome to the ravings of a few and that they ban homosexual marriages once and for all in Tennessee. I am a Christian voter and I have one vote just like each and every homosexual person out there. I can up my voice and use my email, my front yard, my right to public speak and campaign for and vote against whomever goes against the moral rights of this great state of Tennessee. VOTE no on homosexual marriages. Also, if my kids cannot hear, read, or be taught about the Bible, in school, they should not be taught anything about evolution, homosexuality, athistism, etc. What's good or bad for the goose should be good or bad for the gander.
  • by Faith Location: Memphis on Jun 27, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    GOD loves all of HIS children. I believe that. But HIS word is true. There are behaviors that are an abomination. I pray that the word of GOD prevails. "For all of us have sinned and fallen short." From one child of GOD to any interested others.
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