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Gay-rights supporters file lawsuit over Georgia's same-sex marriage ban

[JURIST] Gay-rights supporters in Georgia have filed a lawsuit over the ban on same-sex marriage voted into the Georgia constitution in last Tuesday's election. The constitutional amendment at issue, which only asked if voters wanted to define marriage as between a man and a woman, not whether to ban civil unions, passed by an almost 3-to-1 ratio. The lawsuit states the amendment should be thrown out as it is "fatally flawed ... because it contains multiple sections which deal with more than one subject matter." A group of gay-rights supporters had tried to block the amendment vote, on the same grounds that it was misleading but the Georgia Supreme Court decided it could not intervene until after a vote was taken (see a previous report on Paper Chase). The GOP has promised to fight the lawsuit which names Republican Governor Sonny Perdue as defendant. AP has more.

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