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Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Protest

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - State lawmakers have designated August 31 as "I Do For Life Traditional Marriage Day." The resolution cites scripture in emphasizing that marriage is between one man and one woman.

In April both the House and Senate passed a resolution without any opposition.

In response, dozens of same sex marriage supporters gathered at Metro's Public Square in protest.

"We asked couples to apply for marriage licenses in this state. They were denied," Tennessee Equality Project Executive Director Chris Sanders explained. "That is a part of the process of getting standing and creating more public discussion of the issue."

Saturday's protest is part of an ongoing fight to have same sex marriages recognized in Tennessee. Supporters protested in solidarity with other rallies being held across the state.  

Susan McCormack has been married to her partner for two years and called the legislature's designation of "Traditional Marriage Day" disheartening.

"It reminded me where I lived and the state where I was born that I don't want to move from," she said. "It makes me feel like I almost have to. "

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