A resolution encouraging the Tennessee General Assembly to ban same-sex marriage failed in the Hamblen County Commission Thursday night.
More than two hours after the meeting began, commissioners voted 4-5 against the resolution. Four commissioners abstained from voting.
About 50 people protesting the resolution gathered outside the Hamblen County courthouse Thursday afternoon.
As the commission meeting began, the room was filled to capacity. Even though the resolution had no power to change the law, the arguments were passionate on each side of the issue.
A committee voted 7-1 in favor of the resolution on Dec. 12.
Hamblen County Commission Chairman Louis Jarvis was the only commission who voted against the measure during the committee vote. Following Thursday's meeting, he said he'll put more scrutiny on the groups putting forth measures in Hamblen County.
The resolution against same-sex marriage was sponsored by an organization called the Patriot's Brigade.
"I'm glad that it's over with and I'm absolutely 100 percent that I don't want them back in the county," Jarvis said about the group.