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Federal judge orders Tenn. to recognize 3 same-sex marriages

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Army reservist Ljpe DeKoe of Memphis served in Afghanistan. He and his husband Thom Kostura are on the front lines of another battle. Army reservist Ljpe DeKoe of Memphis served in Afghanistan. He and his husband Thom Kostura are on the front lines of another battle.
A federal judge in Nashville ordered Tennessee state officials Friday to recognize the out-of-state marriages of three same-sex couples. A federal judge in Nashville ordered Tennessee state officials Friday to recognize the out-of-state marriages of three same-sex couples.

(WMC-TV) - A federal judge in Nashville ordered Tennessee state officials Friday to recognize the out-of-state marriages of three same-sex couples.

U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger's order is only preliminary, applying just to the three couples. Despite a 2006 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in Tennessee, Trauger proceeded with the preliminary injunction.

"At this point, all signs indicate that, in the eyes of the United States Constitution, the plaintiffs' marriages will be placed on an equal footing with those of heterosexual couples and that proscriptions against same-sex marriage will soon become a footnote in the annals of American history," Trauger wrote.

The three couples filed a lawsuit challenging Tennessee's constitutional amendment banning the recognition of their marriages. One of the couples live in Memphis.

Army reservist Ijpe DeKoe of Memphis served in Afghanistan. He and his husband Thom Kostura are on the front lines of another battle.

"To be treated like every other couple in Tennessee," said DeKoe.

DeKoe and Kostura say they have experienced nothing but support.

"Our eventual hope is that the state grants the same right to all citizens regardless of gender, and that everyone be offered the same dignity under the law," said Kostura.

They call Friday's order an optimistic step forward.

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