Governor Bill Haslam signed the law that allows all "undefined" words in the laws of the state to "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."
The reason we [approved the bill] was simple," Haslam told the Knoxville News Sentinel. "The natural and ordinary definition that is part of that legislation is really what the state Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court has used those terms for years, actually, for centuries."
This can lead to discrimination of LGBT couples and their marriages. Trans people could also face difficulties to get their gender recognized.
The governor had warned that he would follow the wishes of the legislators, and both the Senate and the House had approved the bill.
"We know the way 'natural' is typically used in respect to our relationships," Tennessee Equality Project executive director Chris Sanders. "Our families aren’t natural. So that is a concern, and with 95 counties and elected judges serving all of them, there’s just huge potential for LGBT folks to get a bad ruling somewhere along the way. So we’re very concerned about that."
Governor Kay Ivey has also signed an anti-LGBT law that allows religiously affiliated adoption agencies to refuse to place adoptees with same-sex couples or LGBT individuals.
"This bill is not about discrimination, but instead protects the ability of religious agencies to place vulnerable children in a permanent home," Ivey said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.
The aim here is to protect these religious organizations from any discrimination procedure. It is obviously a discriminatory law since it goes against any person or couple in a specific way.
To note that it is not only aimed at LGBT couples but also interfaith couples, single parents, and others who pose a conflict with their faith.