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After lengthy court battle, divorce granted for lesbian couple

After a hard-fought divorce and custody battle, a Tennessee lesbian couple has finally been granted a divorce and a split custody arrangement to care for their child. The judge on the case changed his mind after originally ruling that one of the women had no parental rights to the child, who was conceived via artificial insemination, as she does not legally qualify as a "husband." This case will likely have a major impact on same sex family law issues in Tennessee.

When the couple first filed for divorce, Tennessee legislators tried to intervene, insisting they needed to preserve their ability to protect domestic policy. These lawmakers were represented by the Family Action Council of Tennessee, or "FACT," believing that marriage can only be between one man and one woman.

The organization has openly supported the idea that the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage does not impact state laws. They have backed a new statute, which some say encourages discrimination against same-sex couples in court. The statute essentially tells judges to use the "natural and ordinary meaning" of words undefined by state law, like "husband," "father," "wife" and "mother."

Despite the lawmakers' efforts, the judge refused to allow the intervention. However, the judge has now granted a divorce decree to the couple and approved a plan allowing the women to share custody of the child. However, the fight is far from over. Other lesbian married couples who conceived via artificial insemination have filed a lawsuit over this new law, concerned about how it will affect the parenting of their soon-to-be-born children. The significant impact of this statute will be felt by same-sex couples all over the state.

Source: WVLT TV, "Same-sex couple granted divorce after custody battle gains national attention," May 10, 2017

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