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Federal judge gives W.Va. county clerks more time to respond to gay marriage lawsuit
Reported by: Associated Press
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 5:09 PM EDT
A judge is giving the clerk of West Virginia's biggest county 60 more days to answer a lawsuit over the state's ban on same-sex marriages.
Chambers says the clerk has five days to respond after Morrisey intervenes, or after his time to do so expires — whichever comes first.
New York-based gay rights group Lambda Legal contends West Virginia's Defense of Marriage Act violates the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
It's filed a similar lawsuit challenging Virginia's gay marriage ban.
Chambers said his ruling also applies to Cabell County Clerk Karen Cole. She, too, was named a defendant.