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A federal judge in Nashville won't halt her order that three same-sex couples' marriages be recognized by the state of Tennessee.

State Attorney General Robert Cooper asked earlier this week that a preliminary injunction granting recognition be stayed until the three couples' case makes its way through the courts. He contended the couples weren't hurt by not having their marriages recognized, as they claimed, but the state is being hurt by not being able to exercise its own laws.

Same-sex marriage recognition is banned in state statute and the state constitution. The three couples, which include Matthew Mansell and Johno Espejo of Franklin, all married elsewhere and then moved to Tennessee to find their marriage certificates worthless.

U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger ruled Friday that just the three couples who sued Gov. Bill Haslam and Cooper would have their marriages recognized. Cooper is appealing the suit to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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