County commissioner challenges gay marriage resolution

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)– Commissioners for Washington County, Tennessee are set to take up the debate over gay marriage. But one commissioner is speaking out against the resolution, and asking for it to be removed.

In January, Washington County commissioners were set to vote on a resolution asking the State of Tennessee to disagree with the Supreme Court and stand by the Tennessee Constitution’s definition of marriage between a man and woman.

The people who attended the meeting were expecting a vote, but the room was too small, and commissioners were afraid of violating the open meetings law.

Now, Washington County commissioner Joe Wise is asking that the item be removed from the next meeting’s agenda.

Wise said by discussing the marriage resolution they are losing their focus, and should instead work on items they can control at a county level.

“I am not a Constitutional scholar, and nor are 24 other commissioners in Washington County,” said Wise. “We are getting into territory that really seems to be outside of what is in the scope of our office.”

Wise said the agenda from last month was 517 pages long, and they spent the whole meeting time discussing 3 pages.

He said in a letter to Chairman Greg Matherly that his intention is to challenge the resolution on the grounds that it is not germane to the business of the Washington County Commission.

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