Four gay and lesbian couples approached county clerks' offices in Shelby, Davidson and Wilson Counties Wednesday to apply for a marriage license.
Each couple was turned down, but none were surprised. In fact, that was the idea.
The couples were taking the necessary first step toward a possible legal challenge of Tennessee's constitutional amendment that defines a legal marriage as "the relationship of one man and one woman." In order to challenge the amendment, someone has to claim his or her rights were denied.