Tanco v. Haslam

Tanco v. Haslam is a federal court challenge to Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage and related statutes, filed Oct. 21, 2013, in U.S. District Court in Nashville, by four legally married same-sex couples whose marriages are not recognized by the state. The plaintiffs are represented in part by the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

(On March 10, 2014, the parties stipulated to the dismissal of one of the plaintiffs couples (Kellie Miller and Vanessa DeVillez) and defendant Bill Gibbons, Commissioner of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.)

On March 14, 2014, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger granted a preliminary injunction and ordered state officials to recognize the marriages of three remaining same-sex couples during the consideration of their lawsuit.

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Oral arguments set in appeal of Michigan, three other states same-sex marriage rulings

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press   (AP)Supporters and protesters chant before closing arguments in the trial of two Detroit-area nurses, Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, challenging Michigan's gay-marriage ban at the Theodore Levin Federal Court in Detroit Friday March 7, 2014.
DETROIT -- Oral arguments have been scheduled by a federal appeals court in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings in Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. The Cincinnati-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said in a court filing Monday that it would hear arguments in the cases on August 6.

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Appeals court stays ruling that Tenn. recognize marriages of three gay couples

| Saturday, April 26, 2014
A federal appeals court has issued a stay in a district court's ruling that the state of Tennessee must recognize the legal out-of-state marriages of three same-sex couples .

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Lesbian couple named mother and father on daughter’s Tenn. birth certificate

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Emilia Maria Jesty with her birth "father" Sophy Jesty.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A baby girl born to same-sex parents who are plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage, is the first child in the state to have two mothers listed on her birth certificate.

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Judge denies stay in ruling that Tenn. recognize three out-of-state gay marriages

| Friday, March 21, 2014
U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A federal judge on Thursday refused to issue a stay in her preliminary decision last week ordering the state of Tennessee to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while the case is proceeds in federal court.

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Tenn. appeals ruling that state recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Gov. Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's governor is asking a federal judge to put her ruling requiring the state to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples on hold while a higher court weighs in on the case.

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Federal judge orders Tenn. to recognize marriages of three same-sex couples

| Friday, March 14, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A federal judge ordered the state of Tennessee on Friday to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state works its way through the court system.

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Plaintiffs in challenge to Tenn. same-sex marriage ban encouraged by Okla. ruling

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Supporters of marriage equality in Tennessee say they are encouraged by recent federal court rulings in Utah and Oklahoma that struck down state limits on same-sex marriage.

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Couples in Tenn. same-sex marriage lawsuit seek injunction

| Thursday, November 21, 2013
From left: Plaintiffs Dr. Valeria Tanco and Dr. Sophy Jesty, John Espejo and Matthew Mansell, Kellie Miller and Vanessa DeVillez (Sgt. First Class Ijpe DeKoe and Thom Kostura not pictured.)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Four same-sex couples are asking a federal judge for a preliminary injunction that would force Tennessee to recognize their marriages.

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Same-sex couples file federal lawsuit in Tenn. seeking marriage recognition

| Monday, October 21, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Four legally married same-sex couples on Monday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Nashville, challenging Tennessee laws that prevent the state from recognizing their marriages and treating them the same as all other legally married couples in Tennessee.

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