MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A group that seeks to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families in Tennessee is speaking out against a Blount County Commission proposal to save the county from “God’s wrath.”
Blount County Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the on the resolution Tuesday night. The resolution, sponsored by Blount County Commissioner Karen Miller, focuses on recognizing and protecting “natural marriage,” or marriage between a man and woman.
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The Tennessee Equality Project’s president said the resolution spreads a message of hate. “I was definitely shaking. I was upset. I was so much in shock that I couldn’t even cry,” said Gwen Schablik about ready the resolution for the first time. “She’s definitely violating the separation of church and state.”
Commissioner Miller’s resolution is petitioning for God’s mercy and asks God “not to destroy our county as he did Sodom and Gomorrah.” Miller believes the United States supreme court decision to legalize same-sex marriage is an unlawful order.
WATE 6 On Your Side reached out to Miller for a response to Schablik, but she declined to comment.
At Tuesday’s county commission meeting, members of the Tennessee Equality Project plan to attend the meeting dressed in red to voice their opposition. “The fact that she is singling out one religion over another is further divisive to the community,” said Schablik.
Steve Stamples, the Blount County Commissioner for District 3 said he doesn’t agree with Commissioner Miller. Miller needs 11 yes votes for the resolution to pass. If it passes, it will get a second vote at the next scheduled meeting on October 15.