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Gay-marriage case marks state attorney's debut before US Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON (News Sentinel) - When Joseph F. Whalen stands before the nine black-robed justices of the U.S. Supreme Court next week, the case he will argue will long be remembered as one of the defining events in the battle over gay marriage.

For Whalen personally, the moment will be memorable for other reasons.

It will be the first time in his three-decade career he has argued before the nation's high court. And no matter what the justices decide, the case will probably go down as the most significant of his career.

Whalen is an associate solicitor general for Tennessee and one of two attorneys who will argue the high court should uphold state gay-marriage bans like the one Tennessee voters approved in 2006. Whalen's charge is to answer the question of whether states with gay-marriage bans are bound by the U.S. Constitution to recognize same-sex unions performed in states where gay marriage is legal.

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