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Nashville same-sex couple turned away seeking marriage license

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Same-sex marriage advocates are hoping to make a change in Tennessee's laws, so one couple went to the Davidson County Clerk's Office on Wednesday to apply for a marriage license.

In a statewide move organized by the Tennessee Equality Project, several same-sex couples applied for licenses Wednesday in different Tennessee counties in their mission to overturn the state's constitutional ban and get hitched in the Volunteer State.

Jef Laudieri and Will Peyton knew they would be turned away, but they say it's important to keep fighting for legislation to legalize same-sex marriage.

"As we do these kinds of things, as we come out to our families, it's going to get easier and easier. It's happening now. The proof is out there," Laudieri said.

Laudieri and Peyton have been together nine years. They live in Nashville and say they know the chances of gay marriage getting anywhere in the state legislature are slim to none.

That is why they are one of many couples planning to join Nashville attorney Abby Rubenfeld's pending lawsuit that will challenge the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in court.

Chris Sanders, president of the Tennessee Equality Project, says he is confident about the lawsuit, saying similar cases in Michigan and Ohio have already made it to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

If Nashville's lawsuit makes it there, it is possible the cases could be tried together.

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