KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A same sex couple in Knoxville is preparing to head to the Supreme Court this spring. The high court has agreed to take up cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee where gay marriage is banned.
WATE 6 On Your Side spoke with one of the couples at the center of the lawsuit and they said they couldn’t be feeling better. Sophy Jesty and Valeria Tanco say what surprises them most is that the Supreme Court is taking up their case this term.
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The couple was all smiles Friday as they found out that the high court would be issuing a decision on their case in a matter of months. The two are fighting for their out of state marriage from New York to be recognized in Tennessee.
“It really gives us hope because I just strongly believe in my heart that it’s time for change in this country, and I’m just really deeply hopeful that the Supreme Court will make a decision this term,” said Sophy Jesty.
That mindset is different from a few months ago when the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ban on same sex marriage in Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. To them, it was a big disappointment.
They’re now feeling hopeful that the Supreme Court will rule in their favor.
“We hear every day how new states are getting marriage equality and here we are sitting, waiting for our turn and for our family to be recognized, so today, today, gave me goosebumps,” said Valeria Tanco.
While it is an exciting day for the couple, they say they’re considering all options when it comes to the high court’s decision. That means they’re also preparing to fight even longer if it doesn’t go their way.
“Our excitement is tempered until we get that decision in our favor, our excitement will be tempered,” said Jesty.
One thing the couple has repeatedly mentioned to WATE 6 On Your Side is that their daughter is one of the main reasons why they’re in this legal battle. They say they’re simply trying to be recognized as a family in the state they now call home.
Arguments are scheduled for April and a decision is expected by the end of June.