Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Minnesota Appeals Court Remands Challenge To State Defense of Marriage Act

In Benson v. Alverson, (MN Ct. App., Jan. 23, 2012), three same-sex couples sued a county registrar for refusing to issue them marriage licenses, claiming that Minnesota's Defense of Marriage Act (MDOMA) violates their rights under the Minnesota constitution.  The appeals court held that the trial court properly dismissed the state as a party to the lawsuit, and correctly found that MDOMA did not violate the Single Subject clause or the Freedom of Conscience protections of the state constitution.  However, the appeals court remanded the case for further proceeding, holding that the trial court had improperly dismissed equal protection, due process and freedom of association challenges to MDOMA.  AP reports on the decision.