Georgia added to list of Southern states with challenge to gay ‘marriage’ ban

ATLANTA (TAB, RNS) — Georgia recently became the last Southern state to see opposition of its ban on gay “marriage.” The suit was brought by three gay couples and one woman who was unable to get recognized on the state death certificate when her same-sex spouse died. Seventy-six percent of Georgia voters ratified a constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex “marriages” in 2004. According to a senior attorney with Lambda Legal, the legal group seeking full recognition of legal rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people, there’s an attempt to make “strategic decisions” about where class-action lawsuits are filed, explaining the delay in filing a suit in Georgia. A poll in September 2013 by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that 48 percent of Georgians favor gay “marriage” and 43 percent oppose it.

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