Same-Sex Parents Still Face Legal Complications

This article by Elizabeth Harris in The New York Times will be of interest. Same-sex parents in Tennessee can relate. Same-Sex Parents Still Face Legal Complications At gay pride marches around the country this month, there will be celebrations of marriage, a national right that, at just two years old, feels freshly exuberant to many […]

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Same-Sex Couples Can Divorce in Tennessee: Borman v. Pyles-Borman

Facts: In 2010, two men were married in Iowa, whose laws allowed individuals of the same sex to marry. Iowa law did not require the individuals marrying to be residents of Iowa, and the parties’ marriage certificate stated they were residents of Roane County, Tennessee. Iowa law, however, does require residency for a specified minimum […]

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Tennessee’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Violates Fourteenth Amendment of U.S. Constitution

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and declared Tennessee’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. My recap of the Sixth Circuit opinion can be found here. The Supreme Court’s decision was 5-4, with Justice Kennedy writing for the Majority and […]

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Sixth Circuit Upholds Tennessee’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

In 1996, the Tennessee legislature passed Tennessee Code § 36-3-113(a), which provides the only legally recognized marital contract are those made between one man and one woman. In 2006, 80% of Tennessee voters voted to add Article XI, § 18 to Tennessee’s Constitution, which amendment reaffirms the definition of marriage as being between one man […]

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Child’s Best Interest Loses to Tennessee’s Shameful Discrimination Against Same-Sex Partners: In re Hayden C. G-J.

Facts: Jennifer J. and Jennie G. were in a romantic and committed relationship for approximately fourteen years. They held themselves out as a couple to family and friends. They desired to co-parent a child together and, in August 2006, Jennifer found out that two friends were expecting a child and wanted to place the child for […]

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Same-Sex Divorces

This article by Erica Goode in the New York Times may be of interest to readers of this blog. Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage May Help Resolve Status of Divorce Adam Cardinal’s wedded life began happily in New Hampshire, where same-sex marriages are legal. It went sour three years later in Florida, where they are not. […]

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