Four gay and lesbian couples approached county clerks' offices in Shelby, Davidson and Wilson Counties Wednesday to apply for a marriage license.
Each couple was turned down, but none were surprised. In fact, that was the idea.
The couples were taking the necessary first step toward a possible legal challenge of Tennessee's constitutional amendment that defines a legal marriage as "the relationship of one man and one woman." In order to challenge the amendment, someone has to claim his or her rights were denied.
This year, an album of historic music from the Smoky Mountains competed for a Grammy award. Old Time Smoky Mountain Music was up for the Best Historical Album Grammy, against the likes of Woody Guthrie and Sir Paul McCartney, among others. WUOT's Morning Edition host Chrissy Keuper has this look at the music and the history of these recordings.