Buried deep in the story of how wishy-washy our governor is (Jeff Woods already aptly covered that part) is a story that filled my heart with such joy that I had to share it with you all.
You may remember David Fowler, who left the state legislature in order to become a professional scold. He now spends his time heading up the Family Action Council of Tennessee, a lobbying group devoted, it seems, solely to giving Fowler a platform from which to busy-body in the lives of Tennesseans who are having more fun than him. Seriously, if anybody ever mounts a Tennessee-centric revival of Bewitched, Fowler can play Gladys Kravitz and the media can stand in for her husband, Abner, who has to hear all about this cockamamie stuff.
Anyway, so there toward the bottom of Andy Sher's story is this gem. Apparently Fowler was upset that the town of Collegedale had extended benefits to same-sex partners, so he raised a stink about how "commissioners chose to give benefits to same-sex partnerships — which Tennessee law does not recognize as marriage — but excluded opposite-sex domestic partnerships."
Then he rambled on some about natural marriage, which, strangely, he uses to mean something other than a man and all the women he can trade cattle for. Perhaps moved by his reasoning, the town of Collegedale passed a new resolution last Tuesday that "now applies to all domestic partnerships."
Bwah ha ha ha ha.
This is awesome — and that we have David Fowler to thank for it just makes it all the sweeter.