Tennessee homosexual couples double over past decade

Tennessee homosexual couples double over past decade

September 29th, 2011 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

Anthony Wessels, left, and his partner, Ron Sanford, have been together for five years. / Samuel M. Simpkins

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More and more gay Tennesseans are standing up to be counted in the federal census.

And regardless of their legal rights in this state, one out of every five same-sex couples checked the "married" box on the census form last year.

"I'd love for us to be the first gay couple married in the state of Tennessee," said Ron Sanford, a Nashville event planner who, ironically enough, spent last weekend helping the governor's daughter with her own wedding.

He and his partner, Anthony Wessels, a Nashville librarian and musician, have been together five years and "we consider ourselves a committed couple, but we're not married, because of course we can't get married."

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