John M. Becker

Alabama Gets Another Marriage Lawsuit

Filed By John M. Becker | June 10, 2014 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: ACLU, Alabama, gay marriage, lawsuit, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

alabama.jpgThe American Civil Liberties Union announced today that it's suing the state of Alabama in federal court. The lawsuit, which Freedom to Marry says is the state's fourth marriage-related case, seeks to overturn the provision of Alabama's marriage discrimination amendment that blocks the recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages.

The ACLU reports, via press release:

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Alabama filed a federal lawsuit today challenging Alabama's ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of April and Ginger Aaron-Brush of Birmingham. The couple was wed in Massachusetts but their marriage is not recognized in their home state.

"The word marriage, in itself, brings validity and respect to any committed relationship," said April Aaron-Brush. "One's marriage status shouldn't change simply by crossing state lines. Gay couples seek to be married for the very same reasons that opposite-sex couples choose to be married-- love, honor and commitment."

The lawsuit was filed in Birmingham at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. "There needs to be marriage equality in Alabama for the sake of family security and family protection," said Ginger Aaron-Brush.

"All loving and committed couples deserve the dignity and protections that come with marriage, no matter where they live," said Susan Watson of the ACLU of Alabama. "It's time for marriage equality to come to Alabama."

ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio adds, "We hope that this case will help bring the Deep South into the national march toward the freedom to marry."

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

Complaint by Equality Case Files

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