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Tennessee currently does not allow or recognize marriages between gay and lesbian couples, with both a legal and constitutional ban on gay marriae, but a marriage equality lawsuit is working its way through the courts. The state does allow adoption by gay and lesbian couples.
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Tennessee Marriage Equality Ruling Breaks Streak
Aug 13th, 2014
A judge in a Tennessee marriage equality case became the first in the US to rule against same sex marriage since the US Supreme Court ruled on DOMA and Prop 8 last year.
Circuit Judge Russell E. Simmons, Jr. of Roane County said in his decision, "neither the Federal Government nor another state should be allowed to dictate... read_more
In-Depth Analysis of the Sixth Circuit Hearing
Aug 12th, 2014
Sitting in the federal courtroom in Cincinnati, listening to the Sixth Circuit arguments in six same-sex marriage cases, one theme seemed especially prevalent: state defenders of same-sex marriage bans argued that the issue should be left up to "the democratic process", and their concerns were shared by Judge Jeffrey Sutton.
Judge Sutton asked the plaintiffs' lawyer in one case, "assuming you... read_more
Tennessee Marriage Equality Setback: Judge Upholds Ban in Divorce Case
Aug 9th, 2014
A judge in the case of two men seeking a divorce has upheld the Tennessee marriage equality ban.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
A Tennessee judge has ruled that two men who married in Iowa and later moved to Tennessee cannot be granted a divorce because the state doesn't recognize same-sex marriage. In his ruling, Roane County, Tenn., Circuit Court Judge Russell... read_more
Will Sixth Circuit Be First to Rule Against Marriage Equality?
Aug 9th, 2014
Andrew Sullivan collects some of the views from pundits who see a possible end to the winning streak for marriage equality in the courts.
The Dish reports:
At one rather awkward point, Sutton launched into a strange monologue about the gay rights movement's tactics, one that seemed barely tethered to the merits of the case at hand:
I would've thought the... read_more
Chattanooga, Tennessee Rescinds Domestic Partnership Ordinance 63%-37%
Aug 8th, 2014
In a lopsided vote, city voters overturned the domestic partnership ordinance recently passed by the city council.
Think Progress reports:
Voters in Chattanooga, Tennessee overwhelmingly decided Thursday to undo a recently passed law that extended health benefits to the domestic partners of city employees. With a vote of 13,685-8,184, the town overturned the law originally passed 5-4 by the City... read_more
Sixth Circuit Hears Marriage Equality Cases From Four States
Aug 7th, 2014
The Sixth Circuit heard marriage equality cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee yesterday.
Freedom to Marry has a nice collection of quotes from the decisions that got the cases here:
"Once you get married lawfully in one state, another state cannot take your marriage away, because the right t remain married is properly recognized as a fundamental liberty interest... read_more
Sixth Circuit to Hear Six Marriage Equality Cases From Four States Today
Aug 6th, 2014
The Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in a series of marriage equality cases today from the jurisdiction's four constituent states: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. It is an unprecedented coming together of marriage equality litigation that has the potential to change the destiny of marriage in the federal courts for several reasons:
First, these cases cover... read_more
Tennessee Marriage Equality Ruling Coming Soon
Jun 27th, 2014
After the Tennessee marriage equality hearing, the judge said he would issue a ruling soon.
Pink News reports:
After under an hour's hearing in a same-sex divorce case, a judge announced on Friday that he would issue a written opinion. The hearing at Roane County Circuit Court lasted 45 minutes in the case of Frederick Michael Borman and Larry Kevin... read_more
Marriage Equality Monday: August Sixth Hearings for Cases in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee
Jun 17th, 2014
The Sixth circuit is getting set for a Marriage Equality Monday - with hearings on marriage equality cases from four states.
The Washington Blade reports:
The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has set August 6 as the single day to hear arguments in the five marriage equality cases pending before the court, setting up a historic day for each... read_more
USA, Tennessee: Wedding Venue Changes Mind Again, Will Allow Same Sex Weddings
Apr 30th, 2014
A Tennessee wedding venue that first said they would allow a same sex wedding, then decided not to, has changed its mind again.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
Mint Springs Farm in Nolensville, Tenn., rose to national attention when it told Anthony Wilfert and Brian Blas that state law prohibiting same-sex marriage prevented them from hosting commitment ceremonious for same-sex couples. "Our... read_more
USA, Tennessee: Federal Judge Says Tennessee Must Recognize Same Sex Marriages
Mar 15th, 2014
Three same sex couples won temporary recognition of their marriages in the state, pending a hearing.
Equality on Trial reports:
A federal judge in Tennessee Friday ordered state officials to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples during the consideration of their lawsuit challenging the validity of the state's ban on recognizing such marriages. In considering the request for a... read_more
USA, Tennessee: Another State Considers "Right to Discriminate" Bill
Feb 13th, 2014
Yet another state is joining the growing legion that seeks to empower anti gay wedding vendors and others to discriminate against same sex couples without fear of recrimination.
Senator Brian Kelsey has just introduced a bill to the Tennessee State Legislature that would allow any business or individual to legally discriminate against the LGBT community. The text... read_more
USA, Tennessee: GOP Proposes Bill to Allow Discrimination Against Gays
Feb 8th, 2014
OK, this thing is officially metastasizing. A fifth state is following in the footsteps of Idaho, Arizona, Kansas, and South Dakota in considering a “preemptive strike” against marriage equality by passing a law that would allow businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples.
On Top Magazine reports:
State Senator Brian Kelsey and Rep. Bill Dunn, both Republicans, have introduced similarly... read_more