Hard v. Bentley

Hard v. Bentley is a federal challenge to Alabama's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, filed Feb. 13, 2014, in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, by the Southern Poverty Law Center, on behalf of Paul Hard, who married Charles David Fancher in Massachusetts in May 2011. Fancher was killed in an auto accident on Aug. 1, 2011, leading to a wrongful death lawsuit. Because of Alabama's laws, Hard is unable to be recognized as the surviving spouse, which denies him any share of the proceeds from the suit.

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