Mark Pody

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Mark Pody
Born April 23, 1956
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Politician

Mark Pody (born April 23, 1956) is an American politician. He serves as a Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from the 46th district, encompassing Cannon County as well as parts of Wilson County and Dekalb County.

Early life[edit]

Mark Pody was born on April 23, 1956 in Spokane, Washington.[1]

Career[edit]

Pody runs a life insurance small business.[1]

Pody serves as the Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from the 46th district, encompassing Cannon County as well as parts of Wilson County and Dekalb County.[1][2]

He is a member of the Tennessee Firearms Association, the Chambers of Commerce in Lebanon, the Trousdale County, Watertown, and Cannon County.[1] He is also a past President of the General Agents & Managers Association.[1] A private pilot, he is a member of the Civil Air Patrol.[1]

In April 2012, he proposed a legislation in favor of religious freedom on state college campuses in reaction to Vanderbilt University's "all-comers" policy.[3][4][5]

In September 2015, Pody proposed bill HB1412, known as the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act, to ban same-sex marriage in Tennessee despite the Supreme Court's decision to legalize it.[6] He drew a parallel with the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.[6] His colleague in the Senate, Mae Beavers, proposed a similar bill.[6]

According to the Nashville Scene, Pody "believes he’s on a mission from God to stamp out same-sex marriage."[7]

Personal life[edit]

Pody is married and has two children.[1] He is a Christian.[8][self-published source] He attends Woodmont Bible Church in Nashville.[7]

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