UPDATE: A Tennessee county commission on Tuesday turned down voting on a resolution asking God to spare the county from divine wrath sparked by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage. The Blount County Commission voted 10-5 to reject an agenda that included the resolution and adjourned without debate. Onlookers crowding the meeting room, most dressed in red in support of same-sex marriage, yelled in frustration, and one shouted “cowards” at the commissioners. Commissioner Karen Miller, who introduced the resolution, said she had no idea that the agenda would be turned down. “I was totally in the dark,” she told reporters.
Miller said she was “very disappointed, because people have a right to speak.” Miller said she likely would reintroduce her resolution. Maryville is a town of some 27,000 people about 15 miles south of Knoxville. Her “resolution condemning judicial tyranny and petitioning God’s mercy” called on the state to join Blount County in fighting against the Supreme Court’s June ruling legalizing gay marriage. CONTINUE