The blanket-suit challenges both North Dakota's constitutional amendment defining "marriage" to exclude same-sex couples and the state's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Prohibiting same-sex couples from being married is "an irreparable denial of their constitutional rights," according to the suit.
North Dakota was the only state in America without a pending, successful or unneeded lawsuit against its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The lawsuit was filed by Minneapolis attorney Josh Newville, who is also representing same-sex couples in neighboring South Dakota in their suit against against the state.
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