Sponsor of anti-gay marriage bill is undaunted by $8.5B cost

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Posted: Jan 19, 2016 4:58 PM
Sponsor of anti-gay marriage bill is undaunted by $8.5B cost

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee lawmaker whose bill would bar the state from following the U.S. Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling says he's undeterred by a projected loss of $8.5 billion in federal funds if the Legislature enacts the measure.

State Rep. Mark Pody said at a rally at the state Capitol on Tuesday that the proposal he has dubbed the "Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act" is worth any cost — and the Lebanon Republican disputed the estimated loss of federal funds.

The proposal is scheduled for its first hearing in a House subcommittee on Wednesday afternoon. Pody urged supporters to contact the five members of the panel to persuade them not to kill the bill.