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By Heidi Hall
Nashville filmmaker Jen Sheridan doesn’t even pretend she’ll be unbiased in shooting her upcoming documentary, “Love, Hate, Church & State.” The tagline is “LGBT rights. Freedom of religion. And preaching politics from the pulpit in Tennessee.”
Although these days, she’s more concerned about religion preached from the state legislature than the reverse.
Tennessee lawmakers this year took up a “natural marriage” bill that fell in subcommittee, and now some are formally supporting a Williamson County lawsuit that contends last year’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage invalidated all future Tennessee marriage licenses. The same attorney filed a similar suit in Bradley County.
Sheridan, a native of Toronto, a lesbian and an 18-year resident of Nashville, is flummoxed. Raised in the United Church of Canada, she remembers pleasant, pep-talk-style sermons without a lot of talk about sexuality. “I was taught, basically, Jesus loves you, love one another, try to help people. That was about the entire message,” she said.
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