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.
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 >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:01:35 GMT
Who wouldn't feel sorry for a man that stands in front of you, nearly in tears, and talks about how his wife died eight months ago during labor.More >>
Who wouldn't feel sorry for a man that stands in front of you, nearly in tears, and talks about how his wife died eight months ago during labor, his mother just died, and now he is a single father raising a newborn all alone.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:49:29 GMT
A Jackson police officer has been hospitalized after being attacked in south Jackson. The department says it happened last night, while he was making an arrest, at the intersection of Forest Hill RoadMore >>
A Jackson police officer has been hospitalized after being attacked in south Jackson. The department says it happened Wednesday night, while he was making an arrest at the intersection of Forest Hill Road and Raymond Road.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:26:05 GMT
This is a news release from the office of Judge Hollis McGehee Special Judge Hollis McGehee has scheduled a status conference and hearing for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the Circuit Court CourtroomMore >>
Special appointed Judge Hollis McGehee said he will file a scheduling order for the Chris McDaniel vs. Thad Cochran trial by the end of this week. More >>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:27:00 GMT
A Jackson Prep football player hospitalized following Friday night's game has died. Walker Wilbanks was transported Friday to the hospital during the second half of the school's home football game againstMore >>
Pressler says Walker's death was an "unfortunate freak event" revolving around the balance of sodium and water in the body. He says it had no reflection of being over or underhydrated.