Georgia joins list of states with pending challenges to same-sex marriage ban


With the help of Lambda Legal, a group of people have filed a lawsuit against Georgia’s ban against same-sex marriage.

The ban was approved by voters in 2004, but legal precedents since then—most significantly, the striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act—have made a challenge to the law inevitable. Though Georgia is one of the last states in the union to draw such a lawsuit, advocates in and around the state have been gearing up for it for some time.

To raise awareness and increase support, Freedom to Marry united over a dozen Southern LGBT groups, including Georgia Equality, under the name Southerners for the Freedom to Marry. Alongside Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed, who wants to “become Georgia’s most vocal straight ally in the fight to end the state’s gay marriage ban” according to Creative Loafing, the coalition is launching a $1 million media campaign for their cause.

The lawsuit was announced at a press conference hosted by Lambda Legal and Georgia Equality. The plaintiffs are Rayshawn Chandler and Avery Chandler of Jonesboro, Christopher Inniss and Shelton Stroman of Snellville, Michael Bishop and Shane Thomas of Midtown, and Jennifer Sisson, whose wife Pamela Drenner passed away earlier in 2014.

To mark the occasion, Georgia Equality tweeted:

The entire 48-page legal challenge can be read here.


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