US court upholds Tennessee’s gay marriage law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld Tennessee law prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages, even if they are performed in other states.

The Thursday ruling marks a rare victory for gay marriage opponents after a flood of 20-plus court victories for supporters over the past year.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel voted 2-1 to uphold same-sex marriage restrictions in Tennessee as well as Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. The ruling followed arguments from all four states on Aug. 6 in what was the biggest hearing of its kind on the issue.

In Tennessee, three couples who were married in other states before moving to Tennessee were seeking to force the state to recognize their unions. The ruling concluded that states have the right to set rules for marriage.