the framework for assuring our Founders’ “self-evident” truth of liberty and equality: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” 4.
Guided by this framework, the United States Supreme Court has vindicated the right to marry as “fundamental” and one of the “basic civil rights of man.”
Loving v. Virginia
, 388 U.S. 1, 12 (1967),
Skinner v. Oklahoma ex rel. Williamson
, 316 U.S. 535, 541 (1942). Its decisions have made clear that “the freedom of personal choice in matters of marriage and family life is one of the liberties” protected by the Fourteenth Amendment.
Zablocki v. Redhail
, 434 U.S. 374, 393 (1978). 5.
By this Complaint, Named Plaintiffs seek to enforce these rights and liberties. They ask this Court to hold that the State of Georgia cannot condition marriage on the sex of spouses. 6.
Named Plaintiffs Christopher Inniss and Shelton Stroman and Named Plaintiffs Michael Bishop and Johnny Shane Thomas are loving, committed same-sex couples who seek the right to marry in the State of Georgia.