Roane Co. same sex couple files for divorce

Roane Co. same sex couple files for divorce

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"If he traveled to a state where same sex marriages were recognized, then all of a sudden, he'd be remarried in the eyes of that state's law," said Mark Foster, Frederick Borman's attorney. "If he traveled to a state where same sex marriages were recognized, then all of a sudden, he'd be remarried in the eyes of that state's law," said Mark Foster, Frederick Borman's attorney.
A Roane county same sex couple is filing for divorce, but Tennessee doesn't recognize their marriage. A Roane county same sex couple is filing for divorce, but Tennessee doesn't recognize their marriage.

ROANE COUNTY (WATE) - A local same sex couple is filing for divorce, but Tennessee doesn't recognize their marriage.

Frederick Borman married Larry Pyles-Borman in Iowa in 2010. Both of the men live in Roane county and wish to separate.

Under Iowa law, the couple must be a resident of that state to get a divorce. Tennessee only defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but the couple said they're simply asking the state to recognize the marriage for the limited purpose of granting divorce.

Borman's attorney said if he can't get a divorce, he will be in limbo.


"If he traveled to a state where same sex marriages were recognized, then all of a sudden, he'd be remarried in the eyes of that state's law. For instance, medical decision making and inheritance. There's lots of different areas of laws that are governed by whether or not you are married," said Mark Foster, Frederick Borman's attorney.

A hearing is scheduled in Roane county Friday on this case.

The judge will hear from both the plantiff's attorney and the office of the Attorney General to decide if the state's law is or is not constitutional.
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