Lambda Legal filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Huntington on behalf of three same-sex couples and the child of one couple.
The Washington Post reports:
In the West Virginia case, Lambda Legal argues the state’s ban unfairly discriminates against same-sex couples and their children. The organization says its clients are denied the legal sanction, societal respect, financial protections and other support that marriage gives to heterosexual couples.
The group also contends the law violates constitutionally guaranteed rights to equal protection under the law and sends a message that gay men, lesbians and their children are second-class citizens “without any compelling, important or even legitimate justification."
Lambda Legal attorney Beth Littrell said the state’s motto, Mountaineers are Always Free, will ring hollow “until all West Virginians — no matter who they love — have the freedom to marry.”
Read the full story at The Washington Post.