Triple punch: Gay marriage lawsuits filed in Arizona, Indiana and Florida on same day

Trio join more than 50 existing lawsuits across the US seeking to overturn same-sex marriage bans

Triple punch: Gay marriage lawsuits filed in Arizona, Indiana and Florida on same day
13 March 2014

The fight in the courts to win marriage equality across the US ratcheted up Thursday (13 March) with lawsuits filed in Arizona, Florida and Indiana.

The lawsuits, two filed by Lambda Legal and one filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, join the more than 50 currently working their way through the legal system in various states.

In Arizona, a federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of seven couples and the surviving spouses of two additional couples challenging the state’s gay marriage ban.

The lead plaintiffs in the Arizona case are Nelda Majors and Karen Bailey (pictured) who have been together for 55 years.

‘We’re a committed, loving family, have raised two amazing girls together, have seen each other through thick and thin, in sickness and in health,’ Majors said in a statement. ‘After five decades together, we want to celebrate and affirm our deep love for each other as other couples do, before our friends and family, through marriage.’

Majors is 75, and Bailey is 74.

‘We’re also getting up there in years,’ Majors points out. ‘I want to know that, should anything happen to me, there would be no question about Karen being allowed to be with me at the hospital, and vice versa. If we were married, there would be no question and we both would feel more secure.’

Lambda Legal Senior Counsel Jennifer C. Pizer says overturning the Arizona ban is even more crucial for same-sex couples because Arizona does not officer civil unions or domestic partnerships.

Lambda Legal’s other new case is a federal lawsuit filed in Indiana on behalf of three same-sex couples who want to get married.

Lead plaintiff Rae Baskin, who has been with her partner, Esther Fuller, for 24 years says: ‘We just want what everyone else has in Indiana – a real, honest and legal marriage. We are a family.’

The Florida lawsuit, filed in federal court by the ACLU of Florida, is on behalf of eight same-sex couples who live there but got married in other states.

They are suing to have their marriage recognized in Florida.

ACLU of Florida attorney Daniel Tilley says each couple has a story of how the state’s marriage ban has impacted their lives including Palm Beach Gardens firefighter Sloan Grimsley.

Grimsley is worried that if something were to happen to Sloan in the line of duty, her wife, Joyce Albu, would not receive the support the state offers to spouses of first responders in heterosexual marriages.

‘It’s time for Florida to stop the harmful practice of treating committed couples as if they are strangers,’ Tilley stated.



No thumbnail available

About Gay Star News

Gay Star News: the world's first LGBT news, entertainment and travel site, updated 24-7
No thumbnail available

Johnny Weir's behavior called 'conniving' by 'heartbroken' estranged husband

Victor Voronov still loves Weir but says during marriage he was 'walking on eggshells every single day'
No thumbnail available

DOMA makes it illegal for gay couples to make joint political donations, rules FEC

The Federal Election Commission ruled that gay couples can’t make a single political donation under both spouse's names
No thumbnail available

Miley Cyrus to play G-A-Y for Gay Star News and Visit Denmark party

US superstar rumored to be planning to party at London's G-A-Y on Friday as part of the Visit Denmark Eurovision Song Contest night organized by GSN
No thumbnail available

Australian state gets first ever Minister for LGBTI Equality

Following a landslide victory by the Labor Party, the new Victorian state government has appointed Australia’s first ever Minister for LGBTI Equality in Martin Foley
No thumbnail available

Washington state will vote on gay marriage

Sponsors gather more than double the required number of signatures to get repeal on November ballot
No thumbnail available

X Factor runner-up Amelia Lily wins over G-A-Y crowd with fake tattoo

X Factor star Amelia Lily 'went down a storm' at G-A-Y in London.
No thumbnail available

Kylie to release new single in September

Aussie pop princess will release Flower, an orchestral ballad which fans heard on Minogue's X Tour
No thumbnail available

Russian gay activists march alongside 90,000 others in Labor Day march in St Petersburg

Police prevents anti-gay legislator Vitaly Milonov and his supporters from blocking the gay contingent
Father sticks up for gender-fluid daughter in the most perfect way

Father sticks up for gender-fluid daughter in the most perfect way

Don't de-friend me if you disagree, look at how perfect my daughter is, urges father of five-year-old