Wednesday, January 8 2014 5:50 PM EST2014-01-08 22:50:22 GMT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
A civil rights organization is challenging Alabama's ban on same-sex marriages and refusal to recognize those marriages legally performed in other states.
The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal lawsuit Thursday seeking to overturn Alabama's 1998 Marriage Protection Act and the 2005 Sanctity of Marriage Amendment to the state's constitution.
The SPLC filed the suit on the basis that Alabama's Marriage Protection Act and Sanctity of Marriage Amendment violate the equal protection and due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution.
"Alabama has created two classes of marriages within its borders and deemed one of those classes – marriages between people of the same sex – to be inferior to the other," said David C. Dinielli, SPLC deputy legal director. "This is unconstitutional."
The SPLC filed the suit on behalf of Paul Hard, who was legally married to David Fancher in Massachusetts. Fancher was later killed in a car wreck in Montgomery.
The SPLC says Hard is demanding his rightful share from the proceeds of a pending wrongful death suit and wants the State of Alabama to correct a death certificate for his late husband naming him as the surviving spouse.
"Most married couples take for granted that if tragedy strikes they can proceed through the worst of times without the state saying at every turn that their marriage doesn't even exist," Hard, who is an Alabama citizen, explained. "Marriages are significant, and my marriage is due the same respect as any other."
Governor Robert Bentley's office released the following statement on the lawsuit Thursday:
"Governor Bentley will fight the merits of this lawsuit. Like most Alabamians, the Governor strongly believes in the traditional definition of marriage, as being between a man and woman. He will work every day to continue to protect the sanctity of marriage in Alabama."
Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:04:35 GMT
Midland Police are the hunt for a man who allegedly held up an area gas station late Tuesday night.Officers were called to the Admiral gas station on South Saginaw Street around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday. TheMore >
Midland police are the hunt for a man who allegedly held up an area gas station late Tuesday night.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:31 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:31:28 GMT
Three teens are reported to have been killed after leading police on a high speed chase in a stolen vehicle. The accident happened on I-75 in Detroit over the weekend. Several news outlets report a 17-year-oldMore >
Authorities have released the names of three teenagers who were killed when their stolen Jeep went off an embankment and crashed upside down in Detroit.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:56 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:56:46 GMT
Fulton County police arrested Atlanta Public Schools paraprofessional Alger Shafter Coleman, III and charged him with cruelty to children in the first degree and simple battery.Coleman was caught on cameraMore >
Fulton County police arrested Atlanta Public Schools paraprofessional Alger Shafter Coleman III and charged him with cruelty to children in the first degree and simple battery.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:11 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:11:58 GMT
A woman from Plymouth said organ donation changed her family's life. Ten years ago, Tina Ray said she had a conversation with her 20-year-old son, Nick Ray, that most people do not want to have. "He andMore >
A woman from Plymouth said organ donation changed her family's life.More >
Monday, April 21 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-04-21 18:07:19 GMT
A local business manager was stunned to see her most recent water bill. Kim Haken runs the Columbus Laundromat in Bay City. She says when she opened the bill, it read that the company owed $18-thousand.WhenMore >
A local business manager was stunned to see her most recent water bill. More >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information on obituaries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends in Mid-Michigan. Death notices are displayed during theMore >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends who have lost loved ones.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:24:15 GMT
Authorities say a 31-year-old Detroit woman whose body was found near her dehydrated 8-month-old daughter was stabbed to death.The Wayne County medical examiner's office identifies the woman as CharmanekMore >
Authorities say a 31-year-old Detroit woman whose body was found near her dehydrated 8-month-old daughter was stabbed to death.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:20:52 GMT
The landscaping season is just getting underway and for a local business, much of the equipment they use to bring home the bacon was found burnt to a crisp on an abandoned Detroit street. "This is ourMore >
Equipment from a local business was found burned to a crisp on an abandoned Detroit street.More >