Valeria Tanco and Sophy Jesty of Knoxville is among three couples from Tennessee in Cincinnati fighting the state's same-sex marriage ban.
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00:00 Tennessee and three other states -- gay marriage bans face
00:03 new challenges in federal court on this issue the case that
00:07 was heard today may be the most important yet for both
00:10 sides the hearings including case involving. And east Tennessee couple NW
00:14 VIR to news reporter -- Morse joins us with more on
00:17 what happened in court today candle. That's right John now --
00:21 couples from Michigan Ohio Kentucky and Tennessee are part of this
00:25 hearing. East Tennessee couple so be Jesse and -- tomko won
00:28 the state to recognize their marriage the couple married in another
00:32 state that allows gay marriage then moved to Tennessee. I'm --
00:35 to Tennessee judge ruled to recognize their union and two other
00:38 couples in similar situations. Just a short time later just --
00:42 tomko had -- together toggle bearing a child with -- listed
00:46 on the birth certificate. The State's attorney general wanna stay in
00:50 April boarding the marriages and ruling dusty had no rights to
00:53 the child. Today the two sides in Tennessee's appeal went last.
00:58 The Tennessean reports the two sides -- mostly one point whether
01:02 the State's ban on recognizing -- unions makes life better for
01:05 kids. The state of Tennessee says yes the band does make
01:09 life better for kids. So the jet -- as quoted after
01:12 the hearing today saying at the question appropriation as silly when
01:16 there are so many same sex couples having children as well.
01:19 Why not extend marriage rights to that there were three babies
01:22 in this -- Now to see whether Tennessee couples affected by
01:26 the stay are in Cincinnati as well. Judge Jeffrey S Sutton
01:29 did say that modern day marriage is about love affection and
01:33 commitment rather than procreation. The hearing and testimony for the case
01:37 is finished but John it could be weeks before we hear
01:41 final decision Kendall thanks for the update appreciate it.