Since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, only one marriage license has been issued to a same-sex couple in Sullivan County, Tennessee, according to county Deputy Clerk Teresa Jacobs, the Bristol Herald Courier reports.
The women who were issued the license, however, are not residents of the county or the region, but are from Nashville, Tennessee.
Tennessee was one of the 14 states that refused to legalize same-sex marriage prior to the ruling on June 26, the Herald Courier reports. According to the Associated Press, all county clerks in the state have been compliant in issuing the licenses. (THIS IS NOT ACCURATE. LAST YEAR ALONE, FEDERAL COURTS FORCED SAME-SEX ‘MARRIAGE’ UPON AT LEAST 11 STATES THAT PREVIOUSLY ALLOWED FOR ONLY TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN. OVER HALF THE STATES HAD HELD UP TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE BEFORE COURTS OVERRULED THE LEGISLATURES AND THE PUBLIC’S VOTES. HERE IS THE LINK: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/06/supreme-court-gay-marriage/16546959/)
Four Kentucky couples are suing Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who is refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses — or any marriage licenses — following the Supreme Court’s decision, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Davis told AP that her Christian beliefs prevent her from complying so decided not to issue any marriage licenses.
Tennessee Rep. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, believes the federal decision makes it unclear what decisions the state will still be able to make when issuing any license.
“I think in many ways the federal government has taken another notch out of states’ abilities to determine how they want to govern and that’s disappointing to me,” he said. “I think th