John M. Becker

Georgia Gets a Marriage Equality Lawsuit Today

Filed By John M. Becker | April 22, 2014 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, Georgia, Lambda Legal, lawsuit, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

georgia-map.jpgToday, Georgia becomes the latest U.S. state to have an active marriage equality lawsuit. The suit, filed in federal court by Lambda Legal, challenges the state's 2004 voter-approved marriage discrimination amendment.

The Georgia Voice reports:

April 10 was not your usual Thursday at Fulton County Probate Court. Because at one point during the day, Midtown couple Shane Thomas and Michael Bishop strolled in and applied for a marriage license.

"Everyone there was friendly, but they still said no," Bishop tells GA Voice...

With that marriage license denial to Bishop and Thomas this month, in coordination with the actions of two other same-sex couples and one widowed lesbian, a chain reaction started which will lead to the April 22 filing of a massive class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Northern Georgia. The plaintiffs will enter this fight with the backing of Lambda Legal and the law firms of Bryan Cave and White & Case.

If successful, the suit will bring a right to LGBT Georgians that seemed unthinkable just a short time ago--the right to legally marry, with access to the exact same state and federal benefits that straight couples have had since such benefits began.

With today's lawsuit, the list of non-marriage equality states without pending litigation is down to just four: Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

A copy of the complaint is after the jump, via Equality Case Files.

Complaint by Equality Case Files

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