Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger ordered Tennessee state officials to recognize the out-of-state marriages of three same-sex couples during consideration of their lawsuit challenging Tennesseeâ€™s constitutional amendment banning their recognition.Â Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Chad Griffin issued the following statement:
"Yet another federal judge has recognized that bans on marriage equality don't hold up to even basic constitutional scrutiny. Though today's ruling comes from Tennessee, it joins others issued recently in Virginia, Kentucky, Texas, Ohio, Oklahoma and Utah, and in this case the judge boldly noted that it won't be long before each and every remaining ban on marriage equality becomes a footnote in history. That day isn't here yet, but today Tennessee brought us one step closer to that goal."
Currently 29 statesÂ have constitutional amendments restricting marriage to one man and one woman.Â Same-sex couples can legally marryÂ in 17 states and Washington, DC.Â
Meanwhile, others are against the idea...
David Fowler, President of The Family Action Council of Tennessee, issued a statement in response toFridayâ€™s decision by Â U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger ordering the State of Tennessee to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state advances through the federal courts:
While todayâ€™s decision by federal Judge Trauger is not a final ruling, she has clearly signaled her intent to continue the war by unelected federal judges against the rights of states and the citizens of that state to determine what its policies regarding marriage should be.
In stating her intent to require Tennessee to recognize out of state marriages involving two individuals of the same sex, Judge Trauger only got one thing right -- that her ruling will thwart â€śdemocratically enacted lawsâ€ť that were â€śoverwhelminglyâ€ť approved by 80% of Tennessee voters.
If Judge Trauger continues on her present course and strikes down our marriage law, we trust that our stateâ€™s Attorney General will pursue an immediate appeal to rectify this assault on the will of the people, the rights of our state, and the institution of marriage.
The Human Rights Campaign
The Family Action Council of Tennessee