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Judge: East Tenn. same-sex couple can't get divorced

A Roane County Circuit Court judge ruled that a Rockwood couple can't get a divorce in Tennessee.

Frederick Borman and Larry Pyles-Borman got married in Iowa in 2010. According to Iowa law, a couple doesn't have to be residents to get married, but they must establish residency to get a divorce. The East Tennessee couple then tried to get divorce in Tennessee because they both live in Rockwood.

BACK STORY: East Tenn. same-sex couple seeks divorce

Since Tennessee doesn't recognize same-sex marriages, it wouldn't acknowledge divorce proceedings. But if Roane County Circuit Court Judge Russell Simmons ruled in favor of the couple, the state would technically have to recognize the couple's marriage. That ruling could have set a precedence for states to recognize same-sex marriages in other states, including Tennessee.

Instead, Judge Simmons sided with the attorney general's office, ruling that Tennessee's marriage laws fully adhere to the Constitution.


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