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Tennessee's Marriage Law Challenged -- Sky Arnold

Cincinnati, Ohio --- With a historic 6 same sex marriage cases on the docket the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is attracting an unusually large crowd outside its chambers in Cincinnati.

Chants of, "We will win," echoed Wednesday afternoon.

The cases all challenge marriage laws in four states including Tennessee and Kentucky.

Greg Bourke filed one of them because he wants Kentucky to recognize his legal marriage from another state.

 "I'm a native Kentuckian.  I love Kentucky as does my husband.  We really want to see our state change to be more welcoming and inclusive of LGBT people," said Bourke.

It's a similar story for the 3 Tennessee couples including Franklin's Matthew Mansell and Johno Espejo who want their California marriage recognized.

That man who helped pass the laws they're challenging, David Fowler, tells Fox 17 News that recognition comes with a cost.

 "We are approaching a day if the courts intervene here where state lines and state sovereignty means nothing," said Fowler.

It's expected to be a few weeks before the Court makes its decision but even that isn't expected to end the debate.

The couple's behind the lawsuits openly admit their goal is to help further a nationwide same sex marriage legalization.

Both sides believe the final decision will come from the US Supreme Court.