SPLC lawsuit seeks to overturn Alabama's gay marriage laws

Montgomery man seeks to be legally recognized as partner's spouse

A former Southern Baptist preacher who married his same-sex partner in Massachusetts is seeking to be legally recognized in Alabama as the man’s surviving spouse.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a lawsuit challenging Alabama laws that deny recognition of same-sex marriages that were performed in a state where they are legal. The suit was filed on behalf of Paul Hard, a Montgomery man whose spouse was killed in a car crash.

The suit seeks to overturn the state’s Marriage Protection Act and the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment, which ban the recognition of same-sex marriages from other states.