Gay and Lesbian Tennessee


Tennessee known as the "Volunteer State", a nickname it earned
during the War of 1812, in which volunteer soldiers from Tennessee played a
prominent role, especially during the Battle of New Orleans. The capital is
Nashville and the largest city is Memphis.

54 state parks, covering about 132,000 acres as well as parts of
the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cherokee National Forest,
and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park are in Tennessee.

The center of population of Tennessee is located in Rutherford County, in
the city of Murfreesboro. Major outputs for the state include textiles,
cotton, cattle, and electrical power.

The current capital is Nashville, though Knoxville, Kingston, and Murfreesboro
have all served as state capitals. Memphis has the largest population of any
city in the state, but Nashville has a larger metropolitan area. .

Tennessee Gay Issues:

Gay Marriage
2006 Anti-same-sex marriage constitutional amendment banned
marriage for same-sex couples
1996 Anti-same-sex marriage statute banned marriage for
same-sex couples

Domestic Violence
Has domestic violence laws that are gender neutral
and include household members and dating partners.

Sodomy Laws
Has no sodomy laws.

Second-Parent Adoption For Gays And Lesbians
It is unclear whether the state adoption law
permits second-parent adoptions.

State Nondiscrimination Laws
2001 - Laws banning discrimination based on sexual

Some Tennessee Cities:
Bristol - Chattanooga - Johnson City - Kingsport - Knoxville - Lafayette
Manchester - Memphis - Nashville - Oak Ridge - Pigeon Forge - Troy
Tri-cities: Johnson City, Kingsport & Bristol - Waynesboro





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