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Paperwork largely to blame for 7 Tennessee counties not yet issuing same-sex marriage licenses


NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Seven of Tennessee's 95 counties were not issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Monday, but officials say technical hurdles, rather than political objections, were to blame for the majority of the delays.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1R0ji5l) reports that the state's 88 other counties were complying with the Supreme Court's Friday ruling that overturned gay marriage bans.

Chris Sanders, executive director of the Tennessee Equality Project says he is glad officials in the state are not trying to block the licenses like some in Texas and Mississippi are.

Sanders said of the seven counties that have not issued licenses, many are not doing so because they are having technical issues with paperwork or software upgrades. He says one exception is Smith County, where officials have stopped issuing all marriage licenses.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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