published Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Appeals court takes up Tennessee same-sex marriage case

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    In this Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, file photo, Dr. Sophy Jesty, left, and Dr. Valeria Tanco, of Knoxville speak outside the Davidson County courthouse in Nashville.
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NASHVILLE — A federal appeals court in Cincinnati is set to take up two cases that could determine the future of same-sex marriages in Tennessee.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case as part of a series of hearings on similar lawsuits across four dates on Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger issued an order requiring the state to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples. She also put that order on hold while a higher court weighs in on the case.

The lawsuit did not challenge laws barring same-sex marriage in Tennessee, only those that prohibit recognizing such marriages performed in other states.

A three-judge panel will also hear arguments on similar rulings from Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky.

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