West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey today agreed to end the state’s defense of WV’s discriminatory marriage ban in Lambda Legal’s marriage case one day after the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia lifted its stay on the case, McGee v. Cole. et. al.
It’s only Thursday and already so much has happened since Monday, when the Supreme Court announced that it would not take up cases from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin that struck down state bans on marriage for same-sex couples — making it possible for same-sex couples to begin marrying in those five states.
Lambda Legal is joining the legal team representing a total of seven Louisiana same-sex couples and the Forum for Equality Louisiana, the state’s LGBT rights organization, in their appeal to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals of last month’s U.S. District Court ruling upholding Louisiana’s discriminatory marriage ban.
Just last June, we were celebrating the end of an ugly chapter in our nation’s history. The core of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was struck down, and the freedom to marry was restored in California.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will announce Thursday his plans to step down. AG Holder established his place in history as a leader in the pursuit of civil rights and justice for people in many communities in our country, including LGBT people and people living with HIV.