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August 12, 2009

New marriage suit filed in Oklahoma

The Advocate.com reports that "[t]wo lesbian couples who have spent years embroiled in the Oklahoma legal system over marriage rights filed a new complaint to challenge federal and state laws banning same-sex marriage."

The couples initially filed suit in 2004, after Oklahoma passed a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. They also sued the U.S. government for the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages and permits states to ignore legal same-sex marriages performed outside their jurisdiction. The 2004 suit was dismissed by a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. circuit court of appeals in Denver, who said they did not have standing to sue, according to the Associated Press.

In the new suit, aspects of the complaint are changed, including which government officials are named defendants and wording that reflects Barton and Phillips's 2008 wedding in California.


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