For the last 14 months every state which heard cases pertaining to bans on same sex marriages have lifted the ban stating they were unconstitutional. This week for the first time, a judge in Tennessee has been the first to allow a ban to stand. Roane County Circuit Judge Russell E. Simmons, Jr. ruled in a case which involved two gay men who had married four years ago in the state of Iowa. The two are now seeking a divorce in their state of residence, Tennessee. Simmons became the first judge since June 2013 and the SC decision in US v. Windsor to reject the idea that the Windsor decision removed the state's authority to ban marriages for same sex couples. Simmon's decision is however, limited to cases which are involving a divorce in a state which does not recognize same sex marriages. Simmons did state that the issue really should be raised in an appellate court which has much broader authority than that which a trial judge has.