Couples Sue West Virginia Over Same-Sex Marriage Ban

October 1, 2013 6:46 a.m.

A trio of same-sex couples are suing West Virginia in order to strike down the state’s gay marriage ban as unconstitutional.

The lawsuit was announced by Fairness West Virginia and Lambda Legal on Tuesday morning, according to Buzzfeed.

“Jane and I have been together for 16 years,” Nancy Michael, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said referring to her partner, Jane Fenton. “We live and work together, and we are raising our son, Drew, together. We have done everything we can to protect and take responsibility for our family but we worry all the time that it isn’t’ enough. We need the protection that marriage affords.”

You can read the complaint here

The lawsuit is the latest example of a host of lawsuits filed against states since the Supreme Court ruled that a federal ban on recognizing same-sex couples was unconstitutional. In Illinois, a week earlier, a county judge ruled that a lawsuit against the state’s marriage ban there could move forward.

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