Inniss v. Aderhold


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Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on behalf of a widow and three same-sex couples challenging Georgia’s discriminatory marriage ban. In the lawsuit, Lambda Legal, joined by pro bono co-counsel from Bryan Cave and White & Case, argues that Georgia’s marriage ban unfairly discriminates against same-sex couples and sends a purposeful message that lesbians, gay men, and their children are second-class citizens who are undeserving of the legal sanction, respect, protections, and support that different-sex couples and their families are able to enjoy through marriage.


  • April 22, 2014 Lambda Legal files putative class action in Georgia seeking access to marriage, and recognition of valid marriages entered in other jurisdictions by same-sex couples. 
  • January 2015 The district court denies the State’s motion to dismiss, allowing Lambda Legal’s case to proceed in court.
  • October 2015 The district court enters judgment in favor of the plaintiffs, making clear that Georgia’s laws denying marriage to same-sex couples are unconstitutional and unenforceable.

Case Information

Status: Open


Christopher Inniss and Shelton Stroman, Rayshawn Chandler and Avery Chandler, Michael Bishop and Shane Thomas, and Jennifer Sisson.


Lambda Legal
Tara Borelli, Senior Staff Attorney
Beth Littrell, Staff Attorney
Gregory R. Nevins, Supervising Senior Staff Attorney

Co-counsel/Cooperating Attorneys
Bryan Cave LLP; White & Case LLP