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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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 ban.
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.