Wednesday, November 6, 2013
From The Jurist:
Four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging the Tennessee laws that prohibit recognition of their marriages. The federal lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Tennessee's "Anti-Recognition" laws, which prohibit the state from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples lawfully entered into in other jurisdictions. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), which filed on behalf of the four legally married same-sex couples, argues that Tennessee's laws violate the federal constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process and the constitutionally protected right to travel between and move to other states. The complaint, relying on the recent Supreme Court ruling in U.S v. Windsor which reaffirmed that congressional desire to harm a politically unpopular group cannot justify disparate treatment, argues that the "principal purpose and the necessary effect of the Anti-Recognition laws are to demean those persons who are in a lawful same-sex marriage."
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