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Same-Sex Marriage: East TN couple go to court

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KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) - A Knoxville couple head into a Cincinnati courtroom this week intent on changing the course of history.

Val Tanco and Sophie Jesty, along with two other couples from the Volunteer State, want an appellate court to compel the state to recognize their same-sex marriages.

The nation will watch Wednesday as the Tennesseans, along with plaintiffs from Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan, file into court and state their cases. However the threemember panel rules, an appeal could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tanco and Jesty don’t mind. The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Science faculty members didn’t join the lawsuit on a whim. They argue it’s their fundamental right to share their lives in legal matrimony, no matter what the state of Tennessee thinks.

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