State Challenges Ruling on Same-Sex Marriages

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper is asking the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a decision granting recognition to three same-sex married couples, the Tennessean reports. The action follows Friday’s preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger allowing the marriage of three same-sex couples -- plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit -- to be recognized as their lawsuit against Gov. Bill Haslam and others progressed. The AG’s argument points to a stay issued in a similar ruling in Utah, and says it won’t irreparably harm the couples not to be recognized.