Tennessee’s constitutional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman was approved by 81% of voters in 2006. FACT’s mission includes preserving traditional marriage in Tennessee. Significant challenges to Tennessee marriage laws occurred in the last quarter of 2013:
- The federal District Court in Nashville was asked to overturn the portion of Tennessee law that prevents recognition of same-sex marriages. A lawsuit was filed in October on behalf of four same-sex couples who live in Tennessee but were married in other states where same-sex marriages were legal. The case is expected to be heard by summer 2014.
- More than 10,000 registered voters in Chattanooga signed a petition to stop an ordinance extending insurance benefits to same-sex or domestic partners and their dependents of city employees. Voters will decide to approve or reject the ordinance in the next general election in 2014. Organizers of the petition collected more than double the needed signatures in less than two weeks in late November and early December.
- Collegedale became the first city in Tennessee to extend same-sex benefits to city employees in August, followed by Knoxville in October.
Read more about marriage issues in Tennessee.