Same Sex Marriage Appeal Arguments Heard Today

Plaintiffs and attorneys in the Tennessee same-sex marriage appeal this afternoon said they were hopeful following three hours of arguments in six cases across all four states of the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. “I thought everyone was very prepared and the court was very engaged, and it was a very intellectual exchange,” said Nashville lawyer Bill Harbison, who argued on behalf of three Tennessee couples seeking recognition of their marriages in the state. The three-judge panel, which included Tennessee Judge Martha Craig Daughtry, peppered attorneys from both sides with questions over the value of the judicial process versus the legislative process and states’ rights versus the rights of individual plaintiffs. Other Tennessee attorneys appearing for the plaintiffs were Abby R. Rubenfeld of Nashville; Scott Hickman, Phil Cramer and John Farringer with Sherrard & Roe in Nashville; Maureen T. Holland of Memphis; and Regina Lambert of Knoxville. Knoxnews has more.