With lawsuits in all of the 31 states where gay and lesbian marriages are still illegal, even more lawsuits are being filed across the nation to chip away at the discriminatory laws that are still on the books. Today, 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.
There are currently three active cases in Alabama that are seeking to overturn the state’s discriminatory ban on gay and lesbian marriage, FreedomtoMarry has a great overview.