[private]Georgia’s constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriages had effectively been a dead letter since the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling that legalized gay marriage, but it’s now officially on paper.
U.S. District Court Judge William Duffey signed an order Thursday entering a final judgment for Lambda Legal, the gay rights group that filed a class action lawsuit in 2014 challenging the constitutionality of Georgia’s ban.
Attorney General Sam Olens had argued against the lawsuit in support of the gay marriage prohibition, but a trial of the suit was put on hold while the issue worked its way up to the Supreme Court.
Duffey’s order permanently enjoins state officials and employees from enforcing the constitutional provision “to exclude same-sex couples from civil marriage on the same terms and conditions as opposite-sex couples, or to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage in another state on the ground of its same-sex character.”
“Today’s order from the court officially closes the book on Georgia’s discriminatory marriage ban and makes it crystal clear to officials across the state that marriage equality is the law of the land,” said Lambda Legal attorney Tara Borelli.
Local probate judges in Georgia have already been issuing marriage licenses for several months.
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