On this page, you will find what you can do to reclaim your personal liberty and assert the sovereignty of our state under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution that our federal Courts, and particularly the U.S. Supreme Court, have eroded by their tyrannical decisions, the latest decision being that in Obergefell v. Hodges.
- Learn more about the lawsuit. Find out more about the lawsuit and how to answer questions your friends might have.
- Urge your state legislator to support House Joint Resolution 529 that supports the legal argument being made in the state court lawsuit that challenges the power of the U.S. Supreme Court to effectively “decree” a new state law governing marriage. Urge your state legislator to support Senate Joint Resolution 506 that urges Congress to send an amendment to the states returning to them the power to define marriage and to recommend proposals for reigning in the power being exercised by federal judges.
- Help us find other plaintiffs. If you know one of the following persons, ask him or her if he or she would be willing to file a similar lawsuit in their county. If they are willing, have them contact us at info@FACTn.org and put “lawsuit” in the subject line. We will then evaluate the possibility of bringing a lawsuit. The persons who can sue are as follows: current county commissioners, county and city mayors, judges, chancellors, and former county executives/mayors, judges and chancellors.
- “Like” the Reclaiming Our Liberty Facebook page and share each day’s post with the friends on your Facebook page. Why does liking the Facebook page matter? When legislation is presented in January to address the issue of Obergefell, it will be important that we be able to point our legislators to the Facebook page to show them that there is broad concern in our state over this issue. If legislators don’t see our concern, then they won’t be concerned either. Also, each day’s post will give you a better understanding of what is at stake with Obergefell, and as you share the posts on your Facebook page, you will help educate your friends. Educating large numbers of Tennesseans is going to be critical if legislators are going to get the support and encouragement they will need. They will certainly face a lot of opposition for gay rights activists!
- Contact your County Commissioner and urge him or her to present to the Commission a resolution urging the state legislature to take actions that will either support the lawsuit or urge Congress to “reign in” the U.S. Supreme Court and protect our state’s rights. Before you make that call, you might want to consider whether your call would be more “persuasive” if you first contacted some friends to ask them to make similar calls to the Commissioner or maybe ask if your Commissioner would meet with a group of you. There is strength in numbers, but don’t let coordinating with others stop you from making the call yourself—sometimes great movements start because of a majority of one person with passion! For more on contacting your County Commissioner about a resolution,see the FAQs.
- Contact your local political party organization or leadership. If you have a local political party organization and know someone involved in its leadership, contact that person to ask if the local party will pass a resolution urging Congress to take actions to reign in the Supreme Court. If a local official does file a resolution, let your friends know about the upcoming vote and urge them to call their local officials or send emails. Urge them to attend the meeting at which the resolution will be voted on. Then let us know by email to email@example.com and we can help get the word out.
Join us on our Reclaiming Our Liberty Facebook page, where you will read daily quotes from well-known leaders and poignant statements to encourage you to reclaim your liberty from the federal courts and SCOTUS in particular.
History Points to Our Way Forward
The process of state and local governments and political parties passing resolutions that is advocated by Reclaiming Liberty from the federal courts is very similar to the process successfully used by states in the past to obtain the rights they sought. People in the states used this same type of process to force Congress to submit to them the Seventeenth Amendment. Until the adoption of the Seventeenth Amendment in 1913, Americans did not directly vote for U.S. senators. Rather, they were elected by state legislatures. But this changed when the states demanded that Congress send them an amendment for the direct election of senators. So if you are wondering if this kind of process ever made a difference, the answer is a resounding, “Yes!”
Here is a resolution that will be similar to one the Tennessee General Assembly will be asked to pass, but feel free to use any resolution adopted by any other local government (see the Local Resolutions below). The key is getting local governments to urge the state and Congress to act on its behalf and on your behalf.
- Resolution to Reclaim Liberty from the Federal Courts
- Citizens’ Petition to Reclaim Liberty from the Federal Courts
Local Petition Efforts
- Montgomery County Citizens Sign Petition
- Shelby County Citizens Sign Petition
- Washington County Citizens Sign Petition
- Carter County Citizens Sign Petition
- Sullivan County Citizens Sign Petition
- Unicoi County Citizens Sign Petition
Local Resolutions That Have Passed
Find the results of what others in Tennessee have done:
- Greene County Commission
- Johnson County Commission
- McMinn County Commission
- Sullivan County Commission
- Rutherford County
- Dickson County Commission
- Hawkins County Commission
- Carter County Commission
- Perry County Commission
FAQS About Resolutions
Is it legally, constitutionally, and historically appropriate to resist tyrannical decisions by the Supreme Court? Read more . . .
Check out our other frequently asked questions to get answers on things like the following:
- Resolutions are non-binding, so why will Congress or the General Assembly care?
- What if my local government doesn’t pass the resolution? Doesn’t that hurt the cause?
- What do I do if a local official files a resolution for consideration by my local government?
Understanding the Constitutional and Theological Issues of Obergefell
The Leaders of Faith video series from October 15, 2015, featuring FACT President David Fowler is a great way to understand the constitutional and theological issues of the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex “marriage.”