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Same-sex couples file lawsuit over marriage equality

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ATLANTA - By: Nathalie Pozo, All News 106.7

Gay and lesbian couples are upset over Georgia’s same sex marriage ban and are now suing over the decision. Gay and lesbian couples filed a 48-page class action lawsuit Tuesday morning that they hope will grant them the freedom to marry in Georgia.

The lawsuit is asking that the court strike down the decision to ban same sex marriages in the state of Georgia. The suit makes Georgia the 31st state to have an active marriage equality lawsuit.

Georgia voters approved a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage in 2004. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling resulted in judges across the country ruling state bans on same sex marriage as unconstitutional.

Some of the couples have married in other states, but say they want Georgia to recognize their marriage.

“Every person has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and while the government hasn't always gotten it right, they will get it right in the end and the end is in sight for Georgia same sex couples,” says Lamboa Legal attorney Beth Littrell.
   
Michael Bishop and Shane Thomas have been together for eight years and say they filed this lawsuit to protect their children.

“As people get to know us and they understand the importance of family in our lives they embrace us and attitudes change one relationship at a time,” says Bishop.

Dr. Gerald Harris with the Christian index is against same sex marriage and believes this lawsuit will not overturn Georgia’s ban.

“I believe the Baptist churches of Georgia have a responsibility of loving these people enough to tell them the truth and encourage them to repent. I believe that is possible in the power of God,” says Harris.

The couples who filed the suit are hoping their stories and this lawsuit will have an impact and change the law in Georgia.

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