Tuesday, August 6 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-08-07 03:48:27 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Collegedale became first city in the state to offer benefits to same-sex domestic partners of city workers. The city of about 6,500 residents just east of Chattanooga adopted the proposal MondayMore >>
Collegedale became first city in the state to offer benefits to same-sex domestic partners of city workers.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) - Across Tennessee, same-sex couples are taking a stance for their right to marry in the volunteer state. They all attempted to file for a marriage license, but Wednesday was not just a failure in their eyes.
Standing at the bottom of the stairs inside the Shelby County Clerk's Office, Chris Snow and Aaron Thompson were ready to apply for a marriage license.
"We matter. We're the same as just everybody else," said Snow.
They two have been together for 13 years.
"In Washington D.C. three years ago we got married so we would like for the state to recognize it," said Thompson.
All the while knowing the state of Tennessee does not allow same sex couples to get married, they tried anyway.
"We know we're going to get denied a marriage license we're not surprised by that ... Really expecting that ... But just to show that we're being denied a right that we should have," said Snow.
Sure enough, they were denied. The same thing happened for Amy Barton and her fiancé Lyndsay Gray.
"My fiancé and I are already engaged and we have plans for a commitment ceremony in October of 2014, and we feel that it's very important for us to be legally recognized in the state we reside ... For our children, for our medical insurance ... All the other rights are provided to heterosexual couples," said Barton. "I'm desperately in love with her, and I want to spend my life with her. She is a great parent to our kids. It might be a demonstration to some people, but it's certainly not to us."
The Tennessee Equality Project organized Wednesday's statewide event. It was intended to raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender couples' inability to marry in Tennessee.
"We know that we're fighting an uphill battle. We know that at least if we get a conversation started then we're starting that first step into fighting that battle," said Thompson.
Both couples say they expect to be federally recognized and eventually file taxes together after DOMA was struck down, however the future in TN is uncertain.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:28:36 GMT
The search is over for the missing Mississippi 17-year-old at the center of the weekend Amber Alert. Katelyn Beard's body was found Tuesday before noon, off of Darden road, near the scene of a morningMore >>
The coroner said her body had been dumped for at least two days, and she was shot in the head.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:18 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:18:00 GMT
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Katelyn Beard's body was found during a search by local law enforcement Tuesday morning. More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:17:29 GMT
Tracy Lynn Garner is being sentenced, Tuesday, in connection to illicit silicone buttocks injections that led to an Atlanta woman's death. Garner was convicted Friday evening after the jury deliberatedMore >>
Garner was convicted Friday evening after the jury deliberated for about five hours.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:07 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:07:52 GMT
Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert MahaffeyMore >>
Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert Mahaffey of Brandon in the first weekend of the season.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:39:10 GMT
(WMC) – Memphis police are the scene of a shooting where a woman was possibly shot in the head. This happened in the 900 block of East Raines Road, near Elvis Presley Boulevard on Tuesday morning. ThisMore >>
A Memphis mother of two was shot and killed by her estranged husband outside a Whitehaven day care center Tuesday morning. More >>
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