NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has named Appeals Judge Holly M. Kirby to join the state Supreme Court after Justice Janice Holder retires next year.
Kirby has served on the Court of Appeals since 1995. She was previously a partner in the Memphis law firm Burch, Porter & Johnson.
The appointment comes as Tennesseans prepare to vote next year on a proposed constitutional amendment that would keep the current system of gubernatorial appointments to appeals courts but give the Legislature the power to reject the governor's choices.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Middle Tennessee based Southern Baptist Convention is weighing in a federal judge's ruling that effectively decriminalizes polygamy.
The Rev. Russell Moore says the ruling puts vulnerable women and children at risk and also undermines the Bible's definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said in the decision handed down Friday that a provision in Utah's bigamy law forbidding cohabitation with another person violated the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of religion.