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Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens Moves To Dismiss Challenge To Same-Sex Marriage

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Georgia attorney general Sam Olens has asked a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, reports ABC News.

Olens said in a July 21st filing that Lambda Legal’s lawsuit takes away Georgia residents’ right to define marriage.

In 2004, Georgia voters supported a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Despite a later challenge, the state Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that the vote was valid.

While acknowledging moves in other states to legalize same-sex marriage, Olen’s brief states that “judicially imposing such a result now would merely wrest a potentially unifying popular victory from the hands of supporters and replace it instead with the stale conformity of compulsion.”

Olens also argued that recent decisions striking down constitutional bans in other states should not apply to Georgia because the state's marriage laws do not imply a right to marry someone of the same sex.

According to Beth Littrell, a senior attorney for Lambda Legal and co-counsel on the case, "this is a strong indication the attorney general plans on defending the marriage ban regardless of the precedent lining up against him that the federal Constitution provides to all citizens the right to marry the person they love.”

In April, Art Gardner, one of seven Republicans running for retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss's U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, announced his support for Lambda Legal's suit and asked Olens to not fight the suit.

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  1. And once again a state AG files a response that has been denied time and time again.

    Posted by: Peter | Jul 22, 2014 11:26:58 AM

  2. Olen’s brief states that “judicially imposing such a result now would merely wrest a potentially unifying popular victory"...

    Well, unifying of course except for the fag and dyke tax-paying citizens of Georgia.

    A majority can not take away rights of an unpopular minority! This is why these bans have been found unconstitutional across the country.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jul 22, 2014 11:32:09 AM

  3. Jim: This article's title is missing a word at the end of should be something like this:

    Posted by: mccoysmarketnyc | Jul 22, 2014 11:33:16 AM

  4. Apparently, he's been living under a rock for the past year.

    Gotta hand it to him, though: "stale conformity of compulsion" Very poetic!

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 22, 2014 11:43:47 AM

  5. Well 150 years ago Georgia would have easily gotten a majority consensus protecting the right to own people. What law school did these morons go to that teaches that human rights can be superseded by a majority vote?

    Posted by: Jason B. | Jul 22, 2014 11:55:19 AM

  6. Mccoysmarketnyc is right.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 22, 2014 12:17:35 PM

  7. The headline states the opposite of what the article is about!

    Posted by: Paul | Jul 22, 2014 12:30:54 PM

  8. What MCCOYSMARKET said.

    The AG wants to dismiss the federal challenge to the ban on same sex marriage.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 22, 2014 1:59:32 PM

  9. " A unifying popular victory......"

    That is the measure of equality before the law ?
    That is what 'We hold these truths to be self evident...........' come down to !
    A popular victory over another group's rights !
    Jesus H. Christ !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 22, 2014 2:02:46 PM

  10. Wait ... as I'm reading it, the AG is saying that the "potentially unifying popular victory" would be a legislative victory for marriage equality.

    So his rationale for opposing marriage equality is that we're going to get there anyway, eventually, but more unified-like.

    Posted by: JamesInCA | Jul 22, 2014 2:16:27 PM

  11. Fine. Add another losing case to the list, so that when this ends up in front of the Supreme Court, the right wing of the Court will facing dozens of rulings that are opposite of what they want. The more times the anti gay crowd loses, the harder it will be for the Supreme Court to say all of those many, many other Justices were wrong. Georgia will lose, but as an Atlanta resident, I hate that they are going to use my tax dollars to do it.

    Posted by: Chadd | Jul 22, 2014 8:05:33 PM

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