TENNIS — Tennessee is celebrating its first marriage annulment of a long-standing state law, which has allowed a gay man and a lesbian to wed for more than a century.
The Tennessee State Board of Elections says the ruling Wednesday allows for the annulments of a 2004 Tennessee law that made it illegal to marry a person of the same sex.
A Tennessee Supreme Court ruling in 2013 overturned the law and a federal judge later overturned it, too.
But state and federal courts have since allowed some couples to marry for gay marriage.
In a statement, Gov.
Bill Haslam said his office will appeal the ruling and hopes to have the ruling overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Today’s ruling is the result of an effort by a group of Tennessee politicians who do not want to see same-sex couples get married,” Haslam’s office said in a statement.
In 2012, voters passed a constitutional amendment to ban same-sorority marriages. “
As we celebrate this historic day, let us not forget that Tennessee has fought for equality for decades and that there will be future generations of Tennesseans who will continue to fight for equality.”
In 2012, voters passed a constitutional amendment to ban same-sorority marriages.
It passed the Tennessee House and the state Senate and then the Tennessee Supreme, where Chief Justice Roy Moore and state House Speaker Beth Harwell, a Republican, sided with the law opponents.
That law also outlawed same-gender marriages, which are not allowed in Tennessee, and was challenged in federal court.
The court overturned the amendment in 2013.
The ruling overturned a federal law passed in 2013 that prohibited gay marriage in Tennessee.
The federal judge struck down that law and allowed some same-day marriages.