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North Dakota currently does not allow or recognize marriages between gay and lesbian couples, and has both a legal and constitutional ban on gay marriage. A lawsuit is working its way through the courts. The state does allow adoption by gay and lesbian couples.
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North Dakota Marriage Equality Fight Gets Second Lawsuit
Jun 12th, 2014
Another lawsuit has been filed for North Dakota marriage equality.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
A second lawsuit has been filed in federal court challenging North Dakota's ban on same-sex marriage. The 33-page complaint filed by Jan Jorgensen and Cindy Phillips, who live in Fargo and were legally married in Minnesota, says the couple is treated as "legal strangers" in their home... read_more
North Dakota Marriage Equality Lawsuit Filed
Jun 7th, 2014
The last domino has fallen. There's now officially a North Dakota marriage equality lawsuit, the last state in the nation to get one.
Edge Boston reports:
Seven couples filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in North Dakota, making it the last state in the country to be sued by couples seeking the right... read_more
North Dakota Marriage Equality Ban Challenged
May 28th, 2014
It's official - an attorney has announced that he will bring a lawsuit against the North Dakota marriage equality ban - the last state in the union that doesn't face such a lawsuit.
The Advocate reports:
Minneapolis-based attorney Joshua Newville confirmed to the Post that he and other attorneys are preparing to file a lawsuit challenging North Dakota's constitutional amendment... read_more
North Dakota Marriage Equality Ban to Face Lawsuit
May 25th, 2014
The last state not facing a marriage lawsuit is about to get such a challenge.
The Washington Post reports:
"There will be a case filed challenging North Dakota's same-sex marriage ban," says Joshua Newville, a Minneapolis-based civil rights attorney who filed a suit Thursday against South Dakota's ban on behalf of same-sex couples there. Newville is in talks with advocates... read_more
South Dakota Marriage Equality Ban Challenged
May 23rd, 2014
South Dakota just got a marriage equality lawsuit of its own.
Equality on Trial reports:
Six same-sex couples in South Dakota are challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Filed by attorneys based in Minnesota and South Dakota, the suit alleges that the state's refusal to marry same-sex couples or recognize their out of state marriages violates the Due Process... read_more
Attorney in South Dakota Marriage Equality Lawsuit May Also Challenge North Dakota's Ban
May 22nd, 2014
The attorney who is representing a South Dakota marriage equality lawsuit may also sue North Dakota, which would mean every single US state would have marriage equality or a lawsuit pushing for it.
Joshua Newville, the Minneapolis lawyer who currently represents three South Dakota gay couples in a federal class action lawsuit against the state's ban on same-sex... read_more
USA: 30 States Have Marriage Equality Lawsuits; 5 Left to Go
Apr 10th, 2014
Only five states that haven't legalized marriage equality aren't yet facing a marriage equality lawsuit - and two may be facing one soon.
The Washington Post reports:
Gay marriage is now legal in 17 states and bans are being challenged in 30, according to the latest count from Lambda Legal, a pro-gay marriage organization. (Hawaii and Illinois allow gay marriage,... read_more