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UPDATE: Attorney Encouraged By Gay Marriage Rulings

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 1/16/2014 12:00 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - An attorney whose group is challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages says she's encouraged by recent federal rulings overturning such prohibitions in Oklahoma and Utah.

New York-based gay rights group Lambda Legal contends West Virginia's Defense of Marriage Act violates the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Huntington in October on behalf of three same-sex couples and the child of one couple.

Lambda Legal attorney Beth Littrell in Atlanta says she believes the Oklahoma and Utah rulings give the plaintiffs additional arguments to persuade the judge that West Virginia's ban is unconstitutional.

She says "the momentum is certainly in our favor."

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office intervened as a defendant in the case. A Morrisey spokeswoman declined comment Wednesday.

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UPDATE 12/19/2013 11:20 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State and local officials are seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging West Virginia's ban on gay marriage.

The West Virginia Attorney General's Office and Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick asked a federal judge this week to dismiss the case.

New York-based gay rights group Lambda Legal filed the federal lawsuit in October on behalf of three same-sex couples and the child of one couple. The lawsuit contends West Virginia's Defense of Marriage Act unfairly discriminates against same-sex couples and their children.

A motion filed by assistant attorney general Julie Ann Warren contends that the plaintiffs have no legal basis to challenge the law.

A separate motion filed by McCormick's attorney says the matter should be handled by the state's legislative process.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A national gay-rights organization is challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages.

Lambda Legal says it filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Huntington on behalf of three same-sex couples and one couple's child.

The group filed a similar lawsuit last month challenging Virginia's ban on gay and lesbian marriages.

In the West Virginia case, Lamba Legal argues that the state's ban unfairly discriminates against same-sex couples and their children. The organization says they are denied the legal sanction, respect, protections and support that marriage gives to different-sex couples.

The group also contends that the ban sends a message that gay men, lesbians and their children are second-class citizens

West Virginia doesn't allow same-sex marriage or recognize those that occurred in other states.

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