TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jul 1, 2015

All 95 Tennessee counties are ready to or are already issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning bans on same-sex marriage, the Tennessean reports. Some county clerks are refusing to perform those marriages, however. According to the publication, clerks are legally allowed to refuse to perform the marriages, but must issue the licenses. State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, announced Tuesday that he plans to introduce state legislation that would allow county clerks across the state to exempt themselves from supporting same-sex marriage if the issue conflicts with their religious beliefs. The Herald News has more.