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Three Couples Sue Minnesota Over DOMA, Gay Marriage Ban

Three couples are filing suit in the state of Minnesota today, challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act, the AP reports:

Minnesota "The couples say the state is violating what they say is their constitutional right to marry. They're filing their lawsuit today in Hennepin County District Court. They say the 1997 Defense of Marriage Act was passed in violation of the "single subject" rule of the Minnesota Constitution and should be thrown out. They're also seeking a court order to compel the state to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Minnesota Supreme Court held in 1971 that state law prohibits marriages between same-sex partners. The couples are seeking to overturn that."

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  1. To be clear: this suit challenges the Minnesota Defense of Marriage Act of 1997, not the federal legislation we all call DOMA.

    Posted by: BillyBoy | May 11, 2010 10:50:44 AM


  2. Actually I believe Baker V. Nelson was for SSM in Minnesota as a Federal Constitutional right, based upon Loving V. Virginia, not under state law. But I'm probably wrong.

    Posted by: occono | May 11, 2010 3:59:45 PM


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