(Nashville, TN) Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Attorney General have filed a stay and notice of appeal after a federal judge ordered the state to recognize three same-sex marriages last Friday.
“We intend to take all necessary steps to defend the law. We have filed a motion for a stay and a notice of appeal,” said Sharon Curtis-Flair, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office said this afternoon.
The order is active during consideration of their lawsuit challenging Tennessee’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage recognition.
Currently 29 states have constitutional amendments restricting marriage to one man and one woman.
Same-sex couples can legally marry in 17 states and Washington, DC.