WASHINGTON — Three same-sex couples are suing the state of West Virginia, seeking to have the state’s law banning recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages struck down as unconstitutional.
Lambda Legal, with support from Fairness West Virginia, announced the federal lawsuit on Tuesday morning in West Virginia.
“West Virginia is home for us. Our family is here, our jobs are here, and our community here is a great support for us,” Nancy Michael, one of the plaintiffs, said about her and her partner, Jane Fenton, and their 6-year-old son, Drew, in a statement.
“Jane and I have been together for 16 years. We live and work together, and we are raising our son, Drew, together. We have done everything we can to protect and take responsibility for our family but we worry all the time that it isn’t enough. We need the protection that marriage affords.”