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Federal Judge Orders Tennessee to Recognize Same-Sex Couples? Marriages

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Judge: Tennessee must recognize three couples? out-of-state marriages

HRC Press Release WASHINGTON March 14, 2014? Today U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger ordered Tennessee state officials to recognize the out-of-state marriages of three same-sex couples during consideration of their lawsuit challenging Tennessee?s constitutional amendment banning their recognition.? Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Chad Griffin issued the following statement:

“Yet another federal judge has recognized that bans on marriage equality don’t hold up to even basic constitutional scrutiny. Though today’s ruling comes from Tennessee, it joins others issued recently in Virginia, Kentucky, Texas, Ohio, Oklahoma and Utah, and in this case the judge boldly noted that it won’t be long before each and every remaining ban on marriage equality becomes a footnote in history. That day isn’t here yet, but today Tennessee brought us one step closer to that goal.”

Currently 29 states?have constitutional amendments restricting marriage to one man and one woman.? Same-sex couples can legally marry?in 17 states and Washington, DC.

The Human Rights Campaign is America?s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.