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Lawsuit challenges Alabama’s stance on out-of-state gay marriages

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MONTGOMERY, AL - The Southern Poverty Law Center has announced a federal lawsuit in response to the state’s refusal to recognize out-of state gay marriages.

The SPLC is filing the suit for Alabama native Paul Hard, who married Charles David Fancher, also from Alabama, in Massachusetts.

Three months later, Fancher was killed in a car crash that resulted in a wrongful-death case on his behalf.

According to the SPLC, Alabama law will not allow Hard to receive any proceeds from the case, because he is not recognized as a surviving spouse.

The lawsuit claims Alabama’s Marriage Protection Act and the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment are unconstitutional.

Hard is seeking a ruling that would force Alabama to recognize the couple’s marriage under Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the U.S. Constitution.

The Alabama Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard (R - Auburn) has promised to fight to keep the law in tact.

“This lawsuit is part of a coordinated liberal agenda that is designed to erode the conservative Alabama values that the citizens of our state hold close to their hearts.  By an overwhelming vote in favor of the Sanctity of Marriage constitutional amendment, Alabamians strongly signaled their belief that marriage in our state exists only between a man and a woman.  This Republican Legislature will continue fighting against the left-wing policies that Barack Obama and his liberal allies like the SPLC attempt to force upon Alabamians in spite of their deeply-rooted conservative beliefs. As I have noted before, the SPLC is nothing more than the ACLU with a southern accent.”

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