Ga. may finally get its own gay marriage lawsuit

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The ears of gay couples across Georgia just perked up with this legal tease from LGBT activists: Expect a lawsuit to challenge the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

When? That's why it's a tease. Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Beth Littrell wouldn't offer specifics to the GA Voice beyond saying it's coming. Sometime. So stay tuned.

“We have been working to identify the best course of action to bring marriage equality to Georgia,” Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Beth Littrell tells GA Voice. “We will be announcing the result of that work very soon. I can assure you Georgia won’t be left behind when it comes to marriage equality.”

LGBT activists have been busy working on efforts to change the hearts and minds of Georgia lawmakers, who banned gay marriage in 2004. In the meantime, some 55 gay marriage lawsuits in 28 states have been filed. Georgia is just one of five states that bans gay unions yet doesn't face a lawsuit over it. Even Alabama has one, which could impact Georgia. But for now, the state serves only as a sad reminder of how far marriage equality efforts have yet to go. No really, this map proves it.

Why the wait here? The GA Voice takes a deep dive into that question and its complicated nuances. But basically, gay attorneys don't want to make it any worse.


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