Gay Couple Files Federal Lawsuit

Three gay couples are challenging Georgia’s ban on same-sex marriage, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The three couples and a lesbian widow filed a federal lawsuit challenging the ban that prevents homosexual marriages from taking place in Georgia.

The plaintiffs include two Atlanta men who are raising a 9-year-old boy together.

“We need the protection that marriage affords,” said Christopher Inniss, a veterinarian and pet resort owner. Inniss, 39, wants to marry his partner of 13 years, Shelton Stroman, 42. They have a 9-year-old son.

“We own a home together, we own a business together and we are raising our son, Jonathan, together,” Inniss said. “We have done everything we can to protect and take responsibility for our family but marriage is the only way to ensure that we are treated as the family that we are.”

Jonathan sits awkwardly between the two men in a photo taken by the AJC’s longtime staff photographer Curtis Compton. The boy’s body language speaks louder than words.


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