Scenes From a Marriage: Historic Rush of Same Sex Weddings at County Clerk's Office

Nashville Scene

With a long-anticipated ruling Friday morning, the Supreme Court of the United States made marriage the right of every couple from coast to coast, striking down a ban on same sex marriage in 14 states, including Tennessee. 

Same sex couples here have been living under such a ban since 2006, when 81 percent of voters approved an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as the union between a man and a woman. With its ruling Friday, the highest court in the land expanded that definition to include gay and lesbian couples. And while it took Ryan Haynes, the chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party, little more than half an hour to declare that “the issue is far from settled,” there is a reason the court is called Supreme. 

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