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Tenn. case may trigger final Supreme Court showdown on same-sex marriage.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — An appeals court decision upholding Tennessee’s gay marriage ban is likely to trigger a final, nationwide showdown on same sex marriage in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Yesterday, a federal appeals court upheld Tennessee law prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages. The ruling marks a rare victory for gay marriage opponents after a flood of 20-plus court victories for supporters over the past year.

Back in September, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a law school audience in Minnesota that there would be “some urgency” for the Supreme Court to weigh in on gay marriage if the 6th Circuit upheld same-sex marriage bans.

She noted that such a ruling would run counter to the legal trend and changing societal attitudes.

The Tennessee case involves three couples who were married in other states and hoped to force Tennessee to recognize their unions.

The Circuit Court ruling concluded that states have the right to set rules for marriage.