Tennessee Judge Upholds State’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban in Gay Couple’s Divorce Case

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A Tennessee judge has upheld the state's ban on same-sex marriage and declined to recognize the Iowa marriage of two men seeking a divorce, the AP reports:

Frederick Michael Borman and Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman were married four years ago in Iowa. The Knoxville News Sentinel says they separated less than a year later after moving to Roane County, Tennessee, and Frederick Borman filed for divorce in March. […]

Spokeswoman Leigh Ann Jones said the Tennessee attorney general's office is gratified by the ruling.

Attorney Mark Foster, who represented Borman, said his client is reviewing his options, including a possible appeal.

The ruling applied only to the case in question. Earlier this week, Tenessee's ban on gay marriage was heard before a three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.  


  1. Bill says

    So, in Tennessee, “til death do you part” applies only to same-sex couples married out of state.

    No wonder that is the state where the Scopes Monkey Trial was held.

    Check out this one:

    (the Hollywood version of that trial).

    Here’s the trailer:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdHbgFnJ06Q (quite different from what you see today).

    Warning – there may be a 30 second commercial to skip over.

  2. Clayton says

    Though I am not a lawyer, I have many friends who are. Several have said that a divorce case such as this is precisely what is needed to force nationwide recognition of same sex marriage.

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