Tennessee prosecutor says gay people should NOT expect to be protected by ...

A Tennessee district attorney is facing calls to resign after he declared that he wouldn't protect LGBTQ folks under domestic violence laws because he did not believe in same-sex marriage. 

Craig Northcott, a district attorney in Coffee County, made the comments while at the 2018 Chafer Theological Seminary Pastor's Conference last March. He had been giving a speech on the church's role in government.

In the clip, a constituent asks about a 'hypothetical' situation that mirrors the story of Kim Davis - who refused handing out marriage certificates for same-sex couples and was jailed as a result. 

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Craig Northcott, a district attorney in Coffee County, made the comments while at the 2018 Chafer Theological Seminary Pastor's Conference last March

Craig Northcott, a district attorney in Coffee County, made the comments while at the 2018 Chafer Theological Seminary Pastor's Conference last March

The prosecutor informed the constituent that 'five people in black rule us — it just takes five votes, it doesn't take all nine,' alluding to the passing of gay marriage in 2015. 

He continues by explaining to the crowd the power he possesses as a district attorney. 

Northcott said: 'DAs have what's called prosecutorial discretion. Y'all need to know who your DA is. Y'all give us a lot of authority whether you know it or not. We can choose to prosecute anything, we can choose not to prosecute anything, up to and including murder. It's our choice, unfettered'

Northcott said: 'DAs have what's called prosecutorial discretion. Y'all need to know who your DA is. Y'all give us a lot of authority whether you know it or not. We can choose to prosecute anything, we can choose not to prosecute anything, up to and including murder. It's our choice, unfettered'

Northcott said: 'DAs have what's called prosecutorial discretion. Y'all need to know who your DA is. Y'all give us a lot of authority whether you know it or not. 

'We can choose to prosecute anything, we can choose not to prosecute anything, up to and including murder. It's our choice, unfettered.' 

The district attorney asserted that hiring a 'good Christian man' in the position was the only way to adequately handle that power, before explaining the difference between assault and domestic assault. 

'A domestic assault carries more punishment: You forever lose the right to own a gun under federal and state law, you have restrictions on your movement that you otherwise wouldn't have under what we call 'simple assault' and there are other enhanced punishments,' he explained. 

'So the social engineers on the Supreme Court decided that we now have homosexual marriage. I disagree with them. What do I do with domestic assaults? One hand, I don't prosecute them, because I don't recognize it as marriage, on the other hand, if I don't prosecute them, then the sinner, the immoral guy, gets less

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