There’s a TV program on, I think, or maybe it’s gone now, called ‘Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?’ I never watched it, though I’m sure a lot of folks failed that test, but, still, it leads to me to this story and a new show that I’m proposing for television called, ‘Are You Smarter Than Tennessee Judge Jeffrey Atherton’
See, up there in Tennessee, Atherton is saying that the recent US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has muddled his ability to determine what constitutes divorce.
Yup, he did; and, in fact, last week Atherton denied the divorce petition of Thomas and Pamela Bumgardner while citing the Supreme Court's June ruling as one of the reasons he was denying the divorce.
"The conclusion reached by this Court is that Tennesseans have been deemed by the U.S. Supreme Court to be incompetent to define and address such keystone/central institutions such as marriage, and, thereby, at minimum, contested divorces."
Oh wait, I get it. Since Tennessee can’t stay bigoted and keep marriage between one man and woman, then Judge Atherton is all confused about what divorce now means.
Regina Lambert, one of the lawyers who represented the Tennessee plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case, called Atherton's reasoning irrelevant.
"Overall, Tennessee has had a fantastic response to this Supreme Court decision. He is just making a statement. I just think change is hard for people."
Sure, for stupid people like Judge Atherton.