Saturday, March 15 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-03-15 17:32:35 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A federal judge ordered Tennessee state officials Friday to recognize the out-of-state marriages of three same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger said in a written memorandum thatMore >>
A federal judge ordered Tennessee state officials Friday to recognize the out-of-state marriages of three same-sex couples.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:13:44 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis police used a ladder during a suspect search near the airport after he jumped into a drainage ditch. The search took place in an area along Tchulahoma Road. Initial reports were that MemphisMore >>
Memphis police used a ladder during a suspect search near the airport after he jumped into a drainage ditch.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 11:10 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:10:44 GMT
(WMC) - A man is dead after a shooting in a South Memphis neighborhood. Police responded to 1484 Patton Street around 9 p.m. Friday. That is where the victim was found with a gunshot wound. CopyrightMore >>
A man is dead after a shooting in a South Memphis neighborhood.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:05:26 GMT
As the Summer winds down all the College Football Conferences are wrapping up their Media Days with the start of the New Season just about a Month away. Memphis Tigers Head Coach Justin Fuente is gettingMore >>
With American Athletic Conference Media Days coming up July 28th and 29, Memphis Tiger Head Coach Justin Fuente wants his team to be under the radar as it gets ready for the season.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:00:38 GMT
(WMC) - After fears that the water and electricity at Leahy's Mobile Home Park would be shut off next week, Memphis Lights Gas and Water has reached an agreement. The agreement gives the park until AugustMore >>
After fears that the water and electricity at Leahy's Mobile Home Park would be shut off next week, Memphis Lights Gas and Water has reached an agreement.More >>
(WMC-TV) - A federal judge ruled the State of Tennessee must recognize three same-sex marriages because the couples that sued were married in states where gay marriage is legal. Local gay couples say the ramifications of the ruling will be far-reaching.
In essence, the judge ruled the couples that sued the state were married legally in other states and should therefore be recognized here. While the ruling only impacts those three couples, others say this will have long-lasting ramifications for everyone.
Will Batts of the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center calls the ruling that lifts Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage for three couples a "coup".
"We've had Kentucky, Oklahoma and Utah in the last few months. They've all had similar rulings. We have 16 states now where same-sex marriage is legal," said Will Batts of the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center.
The president of the Family Action Center of Tennessee, David Fowler, sees it another way.
"Assault against the rights of states, against the will of the people in those states and the institution of marriage," said Fowler.
Federal law recognizes gay marriage for taxes and other purposes, but some states like Tennessee choose not to recognize same-sex marriage or civil unions.
"My husband I have had to get extra documents outside of our will: Powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney," said Batts.
Batts hopes momentum will continue and the courts will eventually allow same-sex couples to have marriage equality. Fowler says the ruling undermines the definition of marriage between a man and woman and will affect what's taught in the classroom.
"It will make it more challenging to discuss the issue of the value of children having a mother and a father and of avoiding behaviors that have high risk of sexual transmitted disease," noted Fowler.
The judge's order is only preliminary. Some in the legal community believe these three marriages will be placed on equal footing as heterosexual couples in Tennessee.
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:04:58 GMT
The victim of a vicious gang rape is warning other women in the metro area. The victim and her attorney talked about the attack exclusively with WLBT. The 35-year-old woman, whose identity we are protecting,More >>
The victim, whose identity we are protecting, said, "He put the gun to my head and told me to take my clothes off. And that's when I couldn't do nothing. I was just standing there crying. And the other dude came from behind the truck. He put one in my side. And they bent me over in my front seat and they started raping me over and over again." More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 9:23 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:23:15 GMT
Police planned Friday to present their case to prosecutors on whether charges should be filed against an 80-year-old man who fatally shot of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.More >>
Prosecutors Friday were waiting for the results of a police investigation into the killing of a burglar by an 80-year-old California homeowner who says he shot the woman in the back as she fled his home and ran down an...More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:12:23 GMT
(WMC) - A Memphis home for the elderly is under scrutiny after two incidents involving residents happened within two days this week. Tonight, one of them remains missing. The other resident is hospitalized. TheMore >>
A Memphis home for the elderly is under scrutiny after two incidents involving residents happened within two days this week.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:49:54 GMT
(WMC) – It's Freebie Friday and WMC Action News 5's Lindsey Brown found a ton of freebies this week from museums, movies, to moves on the dance floor! Back-to-school haircuts As the kids get closer toMore >>
It's Freebie Friday and WMC Action News 5's Lindsey Brown found a ton of freebies this week from museums, movies, to moves on the dance floor!More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 8:01 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:01:23 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis police took a Shelby County Sheriff's deputy recruit into custody Thursday afternoon at a training academy. Hunter Queen, 24, was booked into jail around 4 p.m., but his charges remainMore >>
Memphis police arrested a deputy recruit at the Shelby County sheriff's training academy Thursday after an investigation revealed he could be the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run. More >>