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Tennessee Bill Regarding the ‘Natural’ and ‘Ordinary’ Meaning of Undefined Words (SB 1085)

This law was last updated on Jul 11, 2017


This law is Anti–LGBTQ

State

Tennessee

Number

SB 1085

Status

Current

Proposed

Feb 9, 2017

Topics

Anti-Transgender, LGBTQ

Full Bill Text

www.capitol.tn.gov

SB 1085 would require that undefined words in the Tennessee Code be given their natural and ordinary meaning, without forced or subtle construction that would limit or extend the meaning of the language, except when a contrary intention is clearly manifest.

If passed, this bill would negatively impact members of the LGBTQ community, such as same-sex parents and transgender people.

Related Legislation

Companion bill to HB 1111, which passed and was signed into law.

Similar to HB 33/SB 30, which specifically single out “husband”, “wife”, “mother”, and “father” as words that should be given their natural and ordinary meaning.


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