Tennessee Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Couples’ Marriages

3/14/2014

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Angela Dallara
Media Relations Manager, Freedom to Marry
angela@freedomtomarry.org
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New York – Today a federal judge in Tennessee ruled that state officials must respect the marriages of three same-sex couples whose lawsuit challenges the state’s marriage ban. Tennessee is the second Southern state where a federal judge has ruled in favor of respect for out-of-state marriages for same-sex couples, following Kentucky.

Evan Wolfson
, president of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:

“This is the eighth judge in recent months to rule on a challenge to marriage discrimination, with now eight out of eight ruling that under our Constitution, across our entire country, marriage discrimination should and must end. The judge's powerful words and the fact that today's ruling comes out of Tennessee make clear that all of America is ready for the freedom to marry, and it is time for appellate judges and the Supreme Court to do right by all families and bedrock principles of liberty and equality under the law.”

Last month, Freedom to Marry launched a $1 million campaign to grow majority support for marriage in the South called Southerners for the Freedom to Marry. A recent poll from the Washington Post/ABC News shows that support for marriage in the South is at 50% support, 42% opposed.

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Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.