Gay Marriage

Dialogue: Gay Marriage In Tennessee

Sep 23, 2014

Val Tanco and Sophy Jesty were married three years ago in New York, a state where their same-sex marriage is legally recognized.  Then they moved to Tennessee, a state where it’s not.  Their legal challenge to Tennessee’s gay marriage law is part of a national movement changing the conversation about

Tennessee Marriage Law Faces Important Challenge Today

Aug 6, 2014
WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

Gay marriage advocates are expected to pack a Cincinnati courtroom today as attorneys from Tennessee and three other states attempt to make the case that their respective state laws against gay marriage are unconstitutional.

In an unusual move, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will allow attorneys from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee to plead their cases back-to-back.

 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.