Tennessee Officials Waiting For Gay Marriage Ruling Before Action

Posted at 3:56 PM, Jun 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 01:45:39-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State and local officials said they have been taking a wait-and-see approach to the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn the state's gay marriage ban.

Governor Bill Haslam said recently that "discussions have been happening" at the state Attorney General's office and the various departments. But, he said, until the ruling comes down, "it's hard to say what the `ifs' and `buts' are."

Meanwhile, many same-sex couples have been hoping to get help right away.

Dakerri Barber-Rhone married her wife in Washington D.C. in 2012 but hasn't been able to change her name on her Tennessee driver's license. That's because Tennessee won't recognize her marriage license. If the court rules in favor of same-sex marriage she says she will try to get her named changed on "day one." 

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