TN Judge Blames Supreme Court for His Not Granting Divorce


For centuries, the definition of marriage was the union of one man with one woman. Earlier this summer, the US Supreme Court betrayed that traditional definition and opened the door for a myriad of definitions of marriage.

If marriage is not confined to one man with one woman, then it could be more than just same-sex couples. It could be a threesome, foursome, adult and child and I hate to think of what else could end up qualifying as a marriage.

If the definition of marriage has been redefined and opened up to confusion, then what about the definition of divorce?

If you talk to Hamilton County Chancellor Jeffery Atherton he would tell you that divorce has also been confused as a result of the Supreme Court decision. The Tennessee judge just blamed the Supreme Court for his decision to not grant a divorce to a straight couple from Signal Mountain, Tennessee.

In his decision in the divorce case, Atherton wrote:

“The conclusion reached by this Court is that Tennesseans have been deemed by the U.S. Supreme Court to be incompetent to define and address such keystone/central institutions such as marriage, and, thereby, at minimum, contested divorces.”

“With the U.S. Supreme Court having defined what must be recognized as a marriage, it would appear that Tennessee’s judiciary must now await the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court last to what is not a marriage, or better stated, when a marriage is no longer a marriage.”

Of course Atherton is getting criticism for his decision, especially from Regina Lambert, one of the attorneys who represented a same-sex couple in the Supreme Court case. She accused him of grandstanding his personal opinion. She told the media:

“I think the chancellor was really making more of a statement of his personal feelings as opposed to having a legitimate concern over the divorce laws. It’s unnecessary grandstanding by the judge so he can express disapproval.”

“I just think change is hard for people.”

Lambert’s hypocrisy shines through as many liberal judges, including those on the Supreme Court do the exact same thing. It’s okay if it’s in her favor, but when it’s not in agreement with her liberal values, then it’s grandstanding and wrong. The liberal left cannot tolerate it when conservatives use some of the same tactics they use.

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