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April 28, 2015

The Court’s justices will begin to hear arguments this morning in Washington in cases brought buy Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee

US Supreme Court justices in Washington are due to meet today to begin hearing arguments ahead of them making a decision on same-sex marriage.

Thirty-six US states, and the District of Washington, have already legalized gay marriage. Others have continued to argue over the legality of same-sex unions – with the decision ultimately being referred to the Supreme Court for consideration.

The Court will be hearing case brought by Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

April 26, 2015

'...I think it does a disservice to both sides if the court wades into public policy like this'

Same-sex marriage opponent Tony Perkins will continue the battle against LGBTI couples, no matter what the US Supreme Court decides.

The president of the anti-gay Family Research Council was a guest on today's (26 April) CBS News show Face the Nation.

March 23, 2015

Pastor says no offence was intended

A church in Tennessee has sparked outrage for appearing to compare LGBTI people to Satan.

Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle last week put up a sign reading, 'Remember Satan was the first to demand equal rights.'

Pastor Tony Greene denied that the sign was targeted at any particular group but many saw it as an attack on LGBTI rights.

A Knoxville couple will challenge the state's ban on gay marriage at the Supreme Court next month. 

March 23, 2015

Pastor says no offence was intended

A church in Tennessee has sparked outrage for appearing to compare LGBTI people to Satan.

Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle last week put up a sign reading, 'Remember Satan was the first to demand equal rights.'

Pastor Tony Greene denied that the sign was targeted at any particular group but many saw it as an attack on LGBTI rights.

A Knoxville couple will challenge the state's ban on gay marriage at the Supreme Court next month. 

March 19, 2015

'When my rigid, churchy friends say something bad about gay people, I tell them what I think'

A grandma of eight, 74, has written a song to call for an end of shaming LGBTI people who want to feel comfortable with their partners in public.

Sherri Gray, from Nashville, Tennessee, took to a piano and poured her heart out. She was inspired by going to a church service for LGBTI people and realising that this place, apart from bars, was one of the only places they could feel safe to hold their partner's hand in public.

March 16, 2015

Comment sparks protests outside his church

A Michigan pastor has sparked protests after he compared LGBTI people to ax murderers.

Clint Echols, pastor of First Baptist Church in Zeeland, framed homosexuality as 'lifestyle choice' that could be made at any moment in life.

'They say "oh wait a second, I’m gay, I’m bisexual, I want to change my gender." And that’s being true to themselves and being true to their internal compass,' he said during a 1 March sermon.

March 6, 2015

A total of 379 businesses – many of which are household names – signed a brief urging the Supreme Court to rule in favour of allowing same-sex marriage across all states in the US

The US Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage cases from four states on 28 April.

The cases, filed out Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, are expected to settle the marriage equality issue nationwide.

March 5, 2015

Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio cases expected to settle marriage equality issue for the nation

The US Supreme Court announced today that it will hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage cases from four states on 28 April.

The cases, filed out Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, are expected to settle the marriage equality issue nationwide.

The high court will hear cases where federal judges had struck down marriage bans but those decisions were reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

The Court is expected to issue a decision by the end of June 2015.

March 2, 2015

David Benham's show was canceled over his anti-gay comments

A Christian TV host whose show was canceled over his homophobic comments has said he convinced a gay man to walk away from his 'lifestyle' – by giving him tickets to a baseball game.

David Benham made the claim Thursday (26 February) at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

February 14, 2015

Close to half of Americans know a gay couple who has been married

A study sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign shows a majority of US voters are for gay marriage.

February 13, 2015

Inspired by Nicki Minaj and a fan of Dolly Parton, this is one twerker who is looking for travel companions.

February 3, 2015

Franklin, Tennessee’s GracePointe megachurch has announced it will treat same-sex couples in exactly the same way as it does opposite-sex couples in the church, marrying them and allowing them to take on leadership roles

A Tennessee evangelical megachurch with a membership of around 1,800 has become the latest to declare its support for not just same-sex civil marriages but for gay and lesbian couples to be married in the eyes of God.

GracePointe Church Pastor Stan Mitchell made the announcement in an 11 January sermon which was recorded and posted online.

January 24, 2015

The married men, one of whom is a pastor, were seeking a faith-based school in which to enroll their son and daughter

A non-denomination private school in Tennessee has declined to accept two children who are being raised by a married same-sex couple.

Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard [pictured], who married in California in 2013, have been searching for a school in which to enroll their children – a son of pre-kindergarten age and a daughter, who is eight months old, reports USA Today.

January 16, 2015

High court has agreed to hear same-sex marriage cases from four states

The US Supreme Court on Friday (16 January) agreed to take on same-sex marriage cases from four states in order to rule on gay marriage nationwide.

The high court will hear cases out of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. In each of those cases, federal judges had struck down marriage bans but those decisions were revered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

Last October, the justices passed on reviewing five other marriage cases which had pro-marriage decisions from federal appellate courts.

January 14, 2015

Attack by McCleish Christmas Benham went viral after being captured on YouTube by fellow traveler

A Tennessee man who physically attacked a male bystander at Dallas Fort-Worth Airport and hurled anti-gay slurs at him has been fined just $474 for the incident.

McCleish Christmas Benham did not face jail time or hate crime charges for the October attack.

Benham, 28, did not show up for his court date so he was convicted on charges of public intoxication and simple assault - both misdemeanors that are each punishable by a maximum $500 fine.

January 10, 2015

Justices met privately Friday to discuss cases including marriage equality cases out of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

The US Supreme Court met in conference on Friday (9 January) to discuss upcoming cases but made no announcement about whether or not it will hear any challenges to gay marriage cases in five states.

The high court is considering hearing cases filed in Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Louisiana.

The justices declined to take on any same-sex marriage cases last year in which defendants appealed circuit court of appeals rulings upholding the striking down of marriage bans.

December 24, 2014

Justices have cases out of five states to choose from

The US Supreme Court could decide as early as 9 January whether or not it will hear any challenges to gay marriage cases in five states.

The high court will be in conference on that day and will consider hearing cases filed in Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Louisiana, according to BuzzFeed News.

November 24, 2014

The Nashville Grizzlies will host the world cup of gay rugby in May of 2016 after the member teams of International Gay Rugby voted on which team should host the next competition

The Nashville Grizzlies gay rugby club have beaten out the Chicago Dragons to win the right to host the 2016 world cup of gay rugby, the Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament, generally referred to as the Bingham Cup.

The International Gay Rugby (IGR) association made the announcement on Wednesday that the Bingham Cup will be returning to US in 2016 to be hosted in Nashville, Tennessee.

Both cities put forward strong bids for the right to host the competition but the final vote, was 53-40 in favor of Nashville.

November 6, 2014

Decision 6th Circuit Court of Appeals opens the doors for US Supreme Court to review cases in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee

Momentum for marriage equality in the US hit a major roadblock on Thursday (6 November) when a federal appeals court upheld gay marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

The ruling by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals applies to six cases in the four states where federal judges had struck down same-sex marriage bans.

It comes after more than 30 federal rulings since June 2013 declaring bans on gay marriage to be unconstitutional. The previous legal victories have led to same-sex marriage now being legal in 32 states.

October 22, 2014

If you love Steel Magnolias, BBQ and cowboys, check out these recommendations from a Tennessee native

Tennessee is probably not the first place that comes to mind when planning a big gay holiday, but let’s think about this for a minute.

Dolly Parton. Check!

Corn-fed country boys and girls in tight jeans. Check!

Stunning scenery. Check!

Moonshine. Check!

Not sounding so bad an idea now is it?

October 22, 2014

If you love Steel Magnolias, BBQ and cowboys, check out these recommendations from a Tennessee native

Tennessee is probably not the first place that comes to mind when planning a big gay holiday, but let’s think about this for a minute.

Dolly Parton. Check!

Corn-fed country boys and girls in tight jeans. Check!

Stunning scenery. Check!

Moonshine. Check!

Not sounding so bad an idea now is it?

September 17, 2014

Associate justice says there will only be urgency for high court if a state ban is upheld

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the US Supreme Court won't be in a big rush to hear a gay marriage case unless the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds state marriage bans.

If that were to happen, 'there will be some urgency,' Ginsberg said during a talk at the University of Minnesota Law School on Tuesday (16 September).

The Sixth Circuit covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee and has marriage equality cases pending.

September 9, 2014

Police arrest a man believed to have been in a relationship with Alejandra Leos for her murder

A man has been arrested and charged with the murder of a transgender woman in Memphis, Tennessee. Alejandra Leos was shot dead just a few feet away from her north Memphis home on Friday night (5 September). Police initially misgendered Leos but friends and family later confirmed that Leos identified as a female.

On Sunday, local police arrested 21-year-old Marshall Pegues, with whom Leos was in a relationship, and charged him with first-degree murder.

August 12, 2014

A Tennessee county judge has ruled that the US constitution does not protect same-sex couples’ right to marry in the first legal loss of its kind since the US Supreme Court overturned the federal Defense Of Marriage Act

Roane County Tennessee Circuit Judge Russell E Simmons Jr has declared his state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be constitutional, bucking the nation-wide legal trend on the issue.

Simmons had been hearing the case of Fredrick Michael Borman and Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman, a same-sex couple who had married in Iowa in 2010 and were seeking to have that marriage recognized in their home state of Tennessee.