Originally, the bill included specific words such as “mother” and “father,” but that language was pulled from the legislation which passed through the House last week. Governor Haslam signed it into law on Friday.
LGBT groups have called the legislation unconstitutional.
"Everybody involved who tried to pass the bill was warned this was coming, it was not an idle threat. We mean business when it comes to protecting our families," said Chris Sanders, Executive Director of the Tennessee Equality Project.