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posted Friday, September 4, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 36
Tennessee judge refuses to grant straight couple divorce, says Obergefell overruled all marriage-related laws
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Tennessee judge refuses to grant straight couple divorce, says Obergefell overruled all marriage-related laws

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A judge in Hamilton County, Tennessee, has denied a divorce petition from a straight couple because, he claims, the U.S. Supreme Court has taken away his state's ability to determine what a marriage is and when it should end.

Judge Jeffrey Atherton ruled on the petition of Thomas and Pamela Bumgardner, who married in 2002 and filed for divorce in September 2014.

'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,' Atherton wrote.

He later defended his ruling to reporters, but refused to clarify his reasoning.

'I don't want extraneous conversation,' he said. 'I'll have to stick with the words of the order.'

Regina Lambert, one of the lawyers who represented Tennessee plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case, called Atherton's reasoning irrelevant.

'Overall, Tennessee has had a fantastic response to this Supreme Court decision,' Lambert said. She said the Supreme Court's decision is about marriage equality - not divorce.

'He is just making a statement,' she said. 'I just think change is hard for people.'

'I don't know for sure,' Chattanooga attorney Mike Richardson told reporters, 'but I suspect the U.S. Supreme Court did not intend to preempt divorce law.'

Whether Atherton disagreed with the Supreme Court decision is beside the point, said Penny White, a former justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court and now a professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

'State court judges, regardless of their personal points of view, must defer to the Supreme Court's constitutional interpretation,' she said in a written statement.

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