Americans for Marriage Equality

State ResourcesTennessee

Status: Constitutional amendment bans marriage equality.

On March 14, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger ordered Tennessee state officials to recognize the out-of-state marriages of three same-sex couples.  Judge Trauger did not stay her ruling, noting that the plaintiff couples would likely be victorious.  The Sixth Circuit later stayed the ruling.  The couples in Tanco v. Haslam are represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Abby Rubenfeld, the law firm of Sherrard & Roe, Maureen Holland, and Regina Lambert.  The case was argued on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on August 6th, alongside cases from Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky.