Tenn. AG files for stay and appeal in same sex marriage case

Tenn. Attorney General files for stay and appeal in same sex marriage case


NASHVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Attorney General's Office has filed for a stay and a notice of appeal in the case of three same-sex couples suing the state for recognition of their marriages.

"We intend to take all necessary steps to defend the law. We have filed a motion for a stay and a notice of appeal," said Sharon Curtis-Flair, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Attorney General's Office.

Last week, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction saying those three couples, including Knoxville residents  can have their marriages recognized in the state.

The three couples, including Dr. Sophy Jesty and Dr. Valeria Tanco from Knoxville, sued the state last October saying their marriages should be valid in the state of Tennessee.

The couples all formerly lived and married in other states and later moved to Tennessee to pursue careers and make new homes for their families.




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