Gay Rights Campaigners File Lawsuit in Nashville

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 10/21/2013 7:18 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)-Out of state same-sex marriages are not recognized in Tennessee.
LGBT campaigners from across the Volunteer state filed a lawsuit at  federal district court hoping to make a change.

Abby Rubenfeld,Nashville  LGTB Activist and Lawyer feels the laws have to change now rather than later.

Chris Anderson of Chattanooga City Council says Tennesseeans are ready.

"I think so, I think we are past time to move forward, 13 states have already taken the step that these people in Nashville are wanting to be taken, the 10th amendment to the constitution says if you are married in one state then you are married in another, that's the law"

With Chattanooga City Council addressing same sex benefits just like Collegedale did a few months, not everyone feels equality for same sex couples is needed.

"Larry Grohn,"Government is not the answer here, I don't government should be put in the position of having a check list of what makes a loving committed relationship, the unintended consequences of this, where does this all stop"

Grohn believes that what's wanted in Collegedale or those in Nashville is not what he and other Chattanoogans want.

"We have a state law that the cities most follow and until that state law changes I am going to stand by the constitution of the state of Tennessee and my own personal values"

Anderson says today was about Tennesseans  battling for civil rights.

"Civil rights struggles are not new to this country, civil rights ugliness is not new to this country, there were times when women couldn't vote and inter racial marriage was illegal'

Campaigners say they they are hoping to speak with the  Attorney General's office on the facts of their case as soon as possible.

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