A Tennessee public library will shut down after a gay straight alliance conference in its library, after an ordinance allowing same-sex couples to marry was struck down in a federal court.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that the library would be closed, and that the Nashville Public Library will be closed on Saturday as a result of the ruling.
The decision comes on the heels of a federal judge’s decision to uphold the Nashville-based ruling that allowed same-gender couples to wed, a decision that has prompted many to ask the Tennessee General Assembly to repeal the ban on same-year marriages.
The ruling in the case was handed down Friday by a federal appeals court.
The library will be open for the remainder of the weekend, and the library will begin accepting applications for open sessions on Friday.
However, library employees will be unable to accept applications on Saturday due to the event, according to the News Sentinel.
The Nashville Public Libraries website was still displaying information about the gay straight conference and the date and time.
Nashville City Councilmember Robert McCollum told the News-Sentinel that the city had been working with libraries and other community groups to help promote tolerance and equality for people of all backgrounds.
“This is a difficult day for all of us in Nashville,” he said.
“We’re going to do what we can to support and support our LGBTQ+ citizens, and support the work that the City Council is doing to ensure we can all be productive and live a normal, peaceful life.”