Nancy & Joan from Madison, TN. Together for 18 years. Vote no on 1 Tennessee!
On our 10th anniversary we decided it was past time to get as much paperwork done as was available. The healthcare power of attorney, the living wills, the wills, etc. It was about 2 years after that one of us ended up in a hospital and the other had to carry papers around and was asked to show them each night to regain the permission to stay.
On our 15th anniversary, we decided to combine our last names and went through the process of standing in front of a judge, standing in line at the social security office for new cards, going through the process at our jobs. It was a strange way to celebrate.
However, just recently when the other one of us had to go into the hospital for a couple of days, having the same last name did help! Although they thought she was my sister!
This amendment writes discrimination into the state constitution. There is already a law on the books that keep us from a civil marriage. This is just unfortunate hate speech. Tennesseans can rise above this shame by voting NO on 1.