Georgia is one of 31 states that currently has a constitutional ban on same sex marriage. But will it hold up in court??
A gay rights group called Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday morning on behalf of seven people; it challenges Georgia's prohibition on same sex marriage AND lack of recognition of other states' same sex marriages.
The constitutional amendment was passed in 2004 and after two years of challenges from gay rights groups, the state Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that the measure was valid.
The lawsuit explicitly points out that this ban is on the wrong side of history, stating:
"The history of the United States has been defined by the ability of each succeeding generation to recognize that social, economic, political, religious, and historical norms do not define our unalienable rights… in time, the American ideal of equality and liberty demanded that our government move past cultural and majority oppressions, however long-standing, in order to secure and fulfill the individual rights of all citizens."
Damn right! We just hope the federal courts see it that way!
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