DAYTON, Tenn. (AP) - Rhea County commissioners unanimously passed a motion asking its state representatives to introduce legislation amending Tennessee's criminal code, allowing the county to charge homosexuals with crimes against nature.
Fugate said he offered to the motion because of recent events concerning gay marriages throughout the state and nation. There was little discussion before the 8-0 vote, with commissioner Jimmy Barnes absent.
The motion was not on the meeting's agenda, but some people in the audience applauded when Fugate brought it up. Three audience members who spoke before Fugate's motion advocated prayer in schools and denounced drinking alcohol and county zoning.
State Rep. Jim Vincent, R-Soddy Daisy, and Sen. Tommy Kilby, D-Wartburg, are Rhea County's representatives in the Legislature. Neither Vincent nor Kilby could be reached for comment late Tuesday by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
County Attorney Gary Fritts was asked by Fugate to find the best way to change the law so county officials could ban homosexuals from living there.