The Legislature is calling it “Traditional Marriage Day,” but the Tennessee Equality Project calls it “Tennessee Marriage Equality Day.” TEP will rally on August 31 at 4 p.m. at Public Square at the Metro Courthouse to raise the profile of marriage equality in Tennessee.
TEP has partnered with the Human Rights Campaign Nashville Steering Committee on the event.
Here is the proclamation for Tennessee Marriage Equality Day:
Whereas, the 108th designating August 31, 2013 as “Traditional Marriage Day;” and
Whereas, recent polling shows growing support for marriage equality; and
Whereas, the best way to uphold the value of marriage in our state is to open this venerable institution to committed, loving couples regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity; and
Whereas, studies are beginning to show the public health and economic benefits of marriage equality to the people of jurisdictions where marriage equality is enshrined in law, and
Whereas, marriage discrimination is contrary to the best American traditions of liberty and equal opportunity, and is in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which says, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
General Assembly of the State of Tennessee passed Senate Joint Resolution 134
Now therefore, we, Christopher K. Sanders and H.G. Stovall, by virtue of the executive authority vested in us as Chairman of the Board and President of the Tennessee Equality Project and Chairman of the Board and President of the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation do hereby proclaim August 31, 2013 “Tennessee Marriage Equality Day.”
In witness whereof, we have hereunto set our hands and caused the mark of the Tennessee Equality Project to be affixed at Nashville, Tennessee this 18th day April in the year 2013.