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Judge says Tennessee marriage law has constitutional issues

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge in Nashville says there are some "serious constitutional issues" with a new Tennessee law that prohibits ministers ordained online from solemnizing weddings.

The Washington-based Universal Life Church Monastery Storehouse and three Tennesseans ordained online by that church are suing to stop the law. They claim it violates the U.S. Constitution by favoring some religions over others.

The law was scheduled to go into effect on July 1, but U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw put a hold on it late last month.

At a Wednesday hearing, Crenshaw questioned the state's argument that the law is needed to ensure the integrity of marriage. He ordered all parties to maintain the status quo and ordered a trial on the constitutional issues for later this year.

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VictorA

For a legislature that was so 'concerned' about a 'legal challenges' to a proposed abortion law (Heart Beat Bill) being considered in the past legislative session, they apparently weren't to concerned about the judicial branch challenges to this law and another one requiring online auctioneers to possess a license, weird, right? How could they apparently have ZERO concerns about passing this marriage law and the auction law, despite obvious legal challenges, yet, they proclaimed their concerns about legal challenges to the "Heart Beat"? Very curious! Sounds to me like we need to check their 'pro-life' credentials when they come campaigning this fall.

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