Same Sex Couples Sue Tenn. for Marriage Recognition

Four Tennessee same-sex couples have filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Tennessee to force the state to recognize their legal marriage from other states. The four couples were married in New York or California, where same-sex marriages are legal, and argue that Tennessee’s refusal to recognize their marriages violates their constitutional rights. “All of the sudden, they’re not married anymore,” attorney Abby Rubenfeld tells the Tennessean. “This case is about recognizing those marriages, it’s a very simple issue.” Rubenfeld said the lawsuit is just the first step to eventually having same-sex marriage legalized in Tennessee.