Same-sex couple Frederick Michael Borman (Plaintiff) and Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman (Defendant) were married August 13, 2010, in Iowa, though they were both residents of Rockwood, Roane County, Tennessee at the time of their marriage.
The Plaintiff wanted a divorce, but Iowa law requires that a plaintiff establish residency by being a citizen there for a period of time.
The Plaintiff felt that Tennessee’s marriage laws, particularly the Anti-Recognition law that does not recognize a same-sex marriage, violated his constitutional rights.
The State ruled in favor of God’s design for marriage, which is one man and one woman:
“The battle is not between whether or not marriage is a fundamental right but what unions are included in the definition of marriage. The Legislative Branch of Tennessee and the voters of Tennessee have said that the definition of marriage should be as it always has been. That man’s best definition of marriage will always be the union of one (1) man and one (1) woman . . . . The Court finds that Tennessee’s laws concerning same-sex marriage do not violate the equal protection clause or the U.S. Constitution.”