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Tennessee Governor Appeals Same-Sex Marriage Order

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Bill Haslam, governor of Tennessee, speaks during the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing seminar in Traverse City, Michigan, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. The CAR Management Briefing Seminar is an annual gathering of more than 900 auto industry, academic and government leaders addressing issues and emerging trends. Photographer: Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg via Getty Images | Bloomberg via Getty Images

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's governor is asking a federal judge to put her ruling requiring the state to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples on hold while a higher court weighs in on the case.

Gov. Bill Haslam and state Attorney General Robert Cooper on Tuesday filed a motion saying overturning the law without an appeals court reviewing the case "frustrates the will of the people of Tennessee." Haslam and Cooper say leaving the status quo in place pending an appeals court decision would not harm the three couples who sued for recognition.

U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger on Friday ordered the state to recognize the unions of the couples, who were married in other states.

Trauger made clear that her order is temporary and applies only to the three couples.

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