Kingston Judge Rules in Same-Sex Divorce Case

Ninth Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. has found in favor of the state in the case of a same-sex couple seeking a divorce in Roane County, the Roane County News reports. In a seven-page ruling issued this week, Simmons determined that Tennessee laws declaring that a valid marriage in another state, but prohibited and thus unenforceable in Tennessee, are constitutional. “Both the Supreme Court of the United States and the courts of Tennessee have both found that the Full Faith and Credit Clause does not require a state to apply another state’s law in violation of its own legitimate public policy,” Simmons noted in his ruling.

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