Americans for Marriage Equality

State ResourcesTennessee

Status: Constitutional amendment bans marriage equality.

In Tanco v. Haslam, a group of same-sex couples who married in other states, represented by private counsel and National Center for Lesbian Rights, are challenging Tennessee’s refusal to recognize their marriages in federal court. The plaintiffs argue that state’s marriage ban violates their rights to due process and equal protection under the U.S. Constitution, in addition to the Full Faith and Credit Clause.

On March 14, 2014, a U.S. district court judge ruled that state officials must recognize the marriages of the plaintiffs in the same way they would recognize the marriages of opposite sex couples.