US: Lawsuit challenges Georgia’s same-sex marriage ban
A lawsuit has been filed in the US state of Georgia which challenges its constitutional same-sex marriage ban.
The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday by Lambda Legal on behalf of seven people. It seeks class action status.
Named in the lawsuit are the state registrar, a clerk of the Gwinnett County Probate Court, and a Fulton County Probate Court judge.
It reads: “In time, the American ideal of equality and liberty demanded that our government move past cultural and majority oppressions, however long-standing, in order to secure and fulfill the individual rights of all citizens.”
Voters in the state of Georgia in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
The lawsuit filed on Tuesday challenges the ban, rather than the wording of the constitutional amendment.
The state Attorney General’s office has already said it will defend those named by the lawsuit.