Gay Marriage Ban in North Dakota Heads to Court: Now All 31 States with a Marriage Ban have Court Challenges

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Seven North Dakota gay and lesbian couples filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of a state amendment that bans marriage equality. North Dakota is the last remaining state with a marriage ban and no court case challenging it.

According to the HRC: “The case was filed by Minneapolis attorney Josh Newville, who recently filed a similar case on behalf of six South Dakota couples.  There are over 70 marriage equality cases working their way through the judicial system across the country.  So far five federal appeals courts are presiding over ten marriage equality cases over the coming weeks and months.  The Sixth Circuit holds the distinction of being the only federal appeals court to date that will consider marriage cases from all states within its jurisdiction.  Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic marriage rulings last year, no state marriage ban has survived a court challenge.”

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