Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Suit Challenges North Dakota's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Religion News Service reports that on Friday, a federal lawsuit was filed challenging North Dakota's state constitutional and statutory bans on same-sex marriage.  Up to now, North Dakota had been the last state with an unchallenged gay marriage ban.  The complaint (full text) in Ramsay v. Dalrymple, (D ND, filed 6/6/2014) challenges both the ban on same-sex marriages in the state and the state's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. It contends that the bans violate the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment, and that the non-recognition of out-of-state marriages infringes on the fundamental right to travel. According to Freedom To Marry, there are now ongoing court challenges to same-sex marriage bans and/or non-recognition requirements in 31 states and Puerto Rico. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia already have full marriage equality.