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Lambda Legal seeks swift ruling in W.Va. same-sex marriage lawsuit

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a motion for summary judgment asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia to rule swiftly in a case brought by three same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry.

Lambda LegalPlaintiffs Nancy Michael and Jane Fenton with their son Drew.

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Plaintiffs Nancy Michael and Jane Fenton with their son Drew.

In the lawsuit, filed Oct. 1, 2013, Lambda Legal argues that West Virginia’s marriage ban unfairly discriminates against same-sex couples and their children and sends a purposeful message that gay couples and their children are undeserving of the legal sanction, respect, protections, and support that opposite-sex couples and their families are able to enjoy through marriage.

“Since we filed our lawsuit in October, same-sex couples in four more states have secured the ability to marry,” said Beth Littrell, a Senior Attorney in Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office. “We do not want a country divided by unfairness and discrimination. Same-sex couples are in loving, committed relationships in every state and should be treated the same way.”

“When same-sex couples in West Virginia are denied the freedom to marry, the government sends a message that they are second class citizens and their families are not worthy of equal dignity and respect,” said Littrell.

Plaintiffs is the case are: Nancy Michael, 45, and Jane Fenton, 43, together for 16 years, and their six-year-old son, Drew; Casie McGee, 30, and Sarah Adkins 32, together for more than three years; and Justin Murdock, 32, and William Glavaris, 31, together for more than two years.

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11 more reader comments:

  1. As much as I would love for this to happen, I think WV will be the last state to legalize. I wish they would though!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 8:26pm
  2. I hope they make West Virginia an example!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 9:26pm
  3. Nevada will be the example state, though… They’ll be the first to get to the Supreme Court

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 9:26pm
  4. These beautiful people are on the right side of history

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 10:08pm
  5. Lambda Legal should sue in every state. We have one US Constitution not 50.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 10:27pm
  6. Go for it–Good Luck! Same Love! Different Families! Whoohoooh!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 2:04am
  7. Your kids or family are gay? Get Over It! Celebrate their Diversity!

    Posted on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 2:04am
  8. One day a happy same sex relationship will be the norm–because most people will realize it is true–Same Love–Different Families! Celebrate your diversity! If you are a Trans–that is Wonderful! Means you are awesome!

    Posted on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 2:07am
  9. I agree Joe

    Posted on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 2:26am
  10. It will be legal soon. Hang in there WV

    Posted on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 2:27am
  11. I’m glad to see this, but it always bugs me a little when news items list how long a gay couple have been together. It’s irrelevant – straight people don’t have to advertise how long they’ve been a couple. I don’t care if a gay couple have known each other for five decades or five minutes, they should be treated the same way under the law as everybody else!

    Posted on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 8:33am