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WEST VIRGINIA: Attorney General Files To Defend State Against Marriage Suit

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today filed a motion to intervene in the federal marriage equality lawsuit filed last month by three gay couples.
Morrisey's filing reads in part: "The State intervenes...for the sole and limited purpose of defending the constitutionality of the statutes in question." One of the three statutes that Morrisey references reads: "Every application for a marriage license must contain the following statement: 'Marriage is designed to be a loving and lifelong union between a woman and a man.'" Morrissey had until the end of the month -- 60 days from when the original lawsuit was first filed -- to decide whether he would intervene or not.
The suit was filed against the two West Virginia county clerks who had denied marriage licenses to the couples. (Tipped by JMG reader Chuck)

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