On December 6, two couples left Cookeville, TN for Warren, NJ to have a wedding at Trinity United Church. Between us the couples had 67 years of commitment. Because of the benighted Legislators and Governors of Tennessee who amended the State constitution to specifically exclude same-gender marriages, it was impossible to wed in the State of residence. However the NJ Congregation took us in as if we'd been lifelong members and let us marry. He is no longer my partner, he is my spouse - except where we live.
It is homophobia cloaking itself in Christianity by many, but not all Tennesseans. It is change that is long overdue.
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For months Mayor Andy Berke has admirably supported equal benefits for same sex couples in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This petition shows our support and encouragement for Mayor Berke to take the next step by publicly signing on as a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry. Mayors across the nation have the ability to affirm the critical role that cities and their leaders have played in advancing civil…
When mayors speak up for the freedom to marry, they bring attention to why marriage matters in their local community and, more broadly, in their state. From their first-hand experience, mayors know that the freedom to marry enhances the economic competitiveness of their communities, improves the lives of families who live in their cities, and - above all - is simply the right thing to do. From…
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