This artist rendering shows Tennessee Associate Solicitor General Joseph Walen arguing before the Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Washington. Justices, from left are, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito Jr., and Elena Kagan. Dana Verkouteren, AP
Two bills to restrict the rights of LGBTQ people were introduced in the Tennessee legislature this week. One bill would state that Tennessee’s policy is to “defend natural marriage;” another requires students to use bathrooms associated with the gender on their birth certificates.