McGee v. Cole

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Lambda Legal has filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on behalf of three same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry, and the child of one of the couples.  Plaintiffs argue that West Virginia’s marriage ban unfairly discriminates against same-sex couples and their children 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.


  • October 1, 2013 Lambda Legal, joined by pro bono West Virginia co-counsel from Tinney Law Firm and cooperating attorneys from Jenner & Block, files the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
  • January 29, 2014 U.S. District Court rules that Lambda Legal will be allowed to proceed with its case.

Case Information

Status: Open


Casie McGee and Sarah Adkins; Justin Murdock and Will Glavaris; and Nancy Michael and Jane Fenton and their son, Drew


Lambda Legal
Camilla Taylor
Beth Littrell
Karen Loewy


Tinney Law Firm, PLLC
Jack Tinney
Heather Foster Kittredge

Cooperating Attorneys

Jenner & Block
Paul Smith
Luke Platzer
Lindsay Harrison