Gay rights groups on Friday cheered a federal judge's ruling ordering Tennessee to recognize the out-of-state marriages of three gay couples.

In handing down her decision, U.S. District Judge Aleta A. Trauger noted that marriage bans like Tennessee's “will soon become a footnote in the annals of American history.”

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Federal judges in recent months have knocked down all or part of similar bans in Utah, Ohio, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Virginia and Texas.

Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, applauded the decision.

“The judge's powerful words and the fact that today's ruling comes out of Tennessee make clear that all of America is ready for the freedom to marry, and it is time for appellate judges and the Supreme Court to do right by all families and bedrock principles of liberty and equality under the law,” Wolfson said in a statement.

In cheering the ruling, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), noted: “Every federal court to have considered such a challenge since the Supreme Court's landmark decision in United States v. Windsor has ruled in favor of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.”