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TN Same-Sex Couples Seek Help For Out-Of-State Marriages

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Stacy Wayne and her partner, Rachel. Stacy Wayne and her partner, Rachel.

by Nick Beres

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee same-sex couples have asked elected officials for help applying to get married in other states.

"Gay or not, I'm a person of Davidson county and my county clerk should try to serve me the same way she would serve anyone else," said Stacy Wayne.

Wayne and her partner, Rachel, have asked Davidson County Clerk, Brenda Wynn, to sign a document verifying their identity for a same-sex marriage scheduled in Maryland. Wynn declined and said the state of Tennessee does not allow same sex marriages.

"Because the state of Tennessee does not recognize same sex marriages I don't feel comfortable signing these documents," said Wynn.

Wynn said the couple can still go to Maryland to get married, but they'll have to fill out the forms outside of Tennessee, which could take a couple of extra days.

"It's not fair," said Wayne. "It's discriminatory."

Wayne said she voted for Wynn and as a constituent expected her to help by verifying her identity and signing the document. In response, Wynn said she did not feel comfortable signing the document until the Constitution in Tennessee had changed.

"While I sympathize with these couples I as a clerk took an oath to uphold the constitution in the state of Tennessee," Wayne added.

County clerks across the state have seen more of these requests as more Tennesseans seek same sex marriages out of state.


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