Federal Judge Refuses to Halt Same-Sex Marriage Order

U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger will not halt her order that three same-sex couples’ marriages be recognized by the state of Tennessee, despite State Attorney General Robert Cooper’s request that a preliminary injunction granting recognition be stayed, the Tennessean reports. In a nine-page ruling, Trauger states that because the scope of the ruling was small — it affects just three couples — it poses no risk to the state on any level. She also refutes Cooper’s claim that the couples will not face “irreparable harm” by not having their marriages recognized.