Gay marriage decision prompts celebration, resistance in Chattanooga

Staff photo by Doug Strickland A 100-foot rainbow flag is unfurled during a celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage held Friday, June 26, 2015, at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn. Supporters gathered to praise past and current activists in their work towards marriage equality.

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IMPLICATIONS IN TENNESSEETennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, III said the Supreme Court decision will have impacts on existing statutes as well as many state forms. He declined to go into what specific laws will require changing, saying that in many instances, that will have to be determined.He did provide 5 guiding points to clerks:1. Same-sex couples may be lawfully married in Tennessee2. Tennessee must recognize a marriage between a same-sex couple who has been lawfully married in another state3. “Our advice to county clerks this morning was to commence issuing marriage licenses as soon as possible.”4. When it comes to solemnization (conducting and overseeing a ceremony), Tennessee has a long list of officials authorized to solemnize marriages.