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READ IT HERE: Tennessee opposes Supreme Court review in marriage case

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It's time for marriage equality. Attribution: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
It’s time for marriage equality. Attribution: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Tennessee has just filed its response to the petition for review in the Supreme Court. The plaintiffs had asked the Court to review and reverse the Sixth Circuit’s decision below.

Tennessee argues that the Sixth Circuit’s decision is not in conflict with other Supreme Court decisions. They also argue that the circuit split doesn’t necessarily compel the Court to act on the question.

The challenge to Tennessee’s ban involves only the state’s refusal to recognize existing same-sex marriages performed outside of the state. No plaintiffs challenged the state’s refusal to perform same-sex marriages.

So far, Tennessee is the only state to oppose review. Ohio, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Michigan officials all support review of marriage cases from their state.

You can read the brief here:

14-562 Tennessee Opposition to granting cert by Equality Case Files

Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings

9 Comments

  • 1. jpmassar  |  December 15, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    ACLU of Florida ‏@ACLUFL 8m8 minutes ago
    BREAKING: #Florida files motion asking U.S. Supreme Court for extended stay on #marriage ruling. Full @ACLUFL statement shortly #out4freedom

  • 2. Scottie Thomaston  |  December 15, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks!

  • 3. Zack12  |  December 15, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I wish all of these lawsuits had involved challanging the bans themselves.
    I really don't want SCOTUS to wiggle out of this by issuing a narrow ruling.
    Because in places like Texas, Florida or the Southeast, the nearest place they could legally marry would be hundreds of miles away.

  • 4. Wolf of Raging Fires  |  December 15, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I'm surprised there hasn't been a marriage performance lawsuit in Tennessee in the interim. Are there really no couples there who would step up to the plate?

  • 5. hopalongcassidy  |  December 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Figures. The descendants of the Scopes Monkey Trial are alive and well. Making whiskey, bad music and more disgusting history.

  • 6. guitaristbl  |  December 15, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    They oppose review really ? Without reading the brief, saying that no conflict exists when 4 circuits have ruled one way (on the recognition question as well – since that's the only thing at stake here) and one has ruled the other, sounds like some people need a good leason into federal law and the way federal courts want.
    Interesting that Tennessee is the only state opposing review though. Will it make a difference at the end ? I doubt it.
    Now I suppose all 4 petitions from the 6th should be ready for the January 9th conference and SCOTUS just cannot skip that one.

    (Btw what's going on with Idaho's petition for cert ? Are they waiting for the decision of the 9th for the en banc hearing ?)

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  • 9. OrvilleKlutz  |  December 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    These state Governors and AGs just need to be told by SCOTUS that their requests for discrimination against LGBTs and marriage equality will be denied as SCOTUS likely will be consistent with their rulings in favor of marriage equality.

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