Tennessee Equality Project prepares for same-sex marriages

Lt. Corliss Cooper, left, speaks with Kat Cooper in this 2013 file photo.

With 70 percent of Americans living in states that recognize same-sex marriages, it's only a matter of time before all states in the country follow suit, Kat Cooper, Tennessee Equality Project co-chair for Hamilton and Bradley counties, said Sunday.

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision about whether lesbians and gays have a constitutional right to marry or if states must recognize such marriages is expected by late June but could come sooner, said Cooper.

The Tennessee Equality Project hosted a meeting in Collegedale on Sunday to prepare the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community for how to react to either a favorable or an unfavorable decision by the high court. About 20 people attended including Chris Sanders, the Tennessee Equality Project director from Nashville.

The Supreme Court will consider four cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.