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Searcy v. Bentley

Searcy v. Bentley is a federal court challenge to Alabama’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, filed May 7, 2014, on behalf of a same-sex couples married in California in 2008, claiming violations of the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th amendment and the full faith and credit clause of the U.S. Constitution. The non-biological mother wanted to use Alabama’s step-parent adoption statutes to adopt the child, but the Alabama statute only allows spouses to adopt.

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Alabama plaintiffs ask 11th Circuit to allow marriage victory to take effect

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Cari Searcy, left, and her wife Kim McKeand
Lawyers for Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand on Thursday asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to reject Alabama's request to place the ruling on hold for months. [...]

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Federal judge: Issue same-sex marriage licenses in Alabama when stay expires

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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The federal judge that overturned Alabama's same-sex marriage ban said state probate judges should begin issuing licenses to same-sex couples when the hold she put on her ruling expires next month. [...]

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Alabama appeals decision overturning state’s ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, January 26, 2015
Alabama state capitol in Montgomery.
Alabama on Monday began the process of appealing a federal judge's decision that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, a decision that was put on hold to allow time for the appeal. [...]

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Judge issues 14-day stay of order striking down Alabama gay marriage ban

Sunday, January 25, 2015
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U.S. District Callie V.S. Granade issued the temporary stay on Sunday of her ruling striking down Alabama's gay marriage ban to allow the state to seek relief from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. [...]

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Couple behind Alabama same-sex marriage challenge to refile adoption paperwork

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Cari Searcy (left) with her spose Kimberly McKean and son Khaya at their home in Mobile, Ala.
Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand, the couple whose lawsuit toppled Alabama's gay marriage ban said they are grateful, overjoyed and still a little a bit in disbelief. [...]

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Ala. AG seeks to stay order to block same-sex marriages until Supreme Court rules

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Attorney General Luther Strange (R-Ala.)
The Alabama attorney general is asking a federal judge to stay a ruling that overturned Alabama's ban on gay marriage, as advocates cheer what once seemed an improbable victory in the deeply conservative state. [...]

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Federal judge strikes down Alabama same‑sex marriage ban

Friday, January 23, 2015
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Alabama became the latest state to see its ban on gay marriage fall to a federal court ruling Friday, as the issue of same-sex marriage heads to the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling is the latest in a string of wins for advocates of marriage rights. [...]

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Ala. couple asks judge to skip trial, rule on same-sex marriage ban

Monday, June 16, 2014
Cari Searcy (left) with her spose Kimberly McKean and son Khaya at their home in Mobile, Ala.
MOBILE, Ala. — Two women challenging Alabama’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages are asking a judge to decide the case without holding a trial. Attorneys for Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand of Mobile filed the request in federal court in Mobile. They have one of three federal lawsuits challenging Alabama’s [...]

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Ala. couple files federal lawsuit seeking marriage recognition

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand with their son Khaya.
MOBILE, Ala. -- Two Alabama women filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to force the state to recognize their out-of-state marriage so they can both be legal parents to their 8-year-old son. [...]

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