Meanwhile in Tennessee:

Hamilton County Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton denied the divorce petition last week after hearing from seven witnesses and going through 77 exhibits.


Atherton said the Supreme Court must clarify “when a marriage is no longer a marriage.” Otherwise, he contended, state courts are impaired from addressing marriage and divorce litigation altogether.

“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.

Maybe Santorum was right… next comes dogs and cats living together?!?!


  1. Thanks Bubba! It helps to keep a HAHAHA!!!! perspective re all the potentially not funny and upsetting absurdities of the day,

  2. Wut? The judge refused to grant a divorce because the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry???

    “Picture is Unrelated” does indeed seem appropriate:

  3. From the local paper:

    Jim Blumstein, a professor of constitutional law at Vanderbilt University, said the Supreme Court decision does not appear to be the main determinant behind Atherton’s dismissal; he believes Atherton is expressing his political disagreement with the ruling.

    Ya think?

    My googles say that Tennessee is a no-fault divorce state … I am unsure why the state requires a judge to grant a divorce especially since the couple has no children.

    • even in no fault states, the judge has to sign off. In a sense, it’s a contract to dissolve a previous contract.

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