Four Couples File Lawsuit, Ask Judge To Overturn DOMA

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Four Couples File Lawsuit, Ask Judge To Overturn DOMA

March 10, 2014 Updated Mar 10, 2014 at 11:38 AM EDT

INDIANA (21Alive) -- Four gay couples from southern Indiana filed a lawsuit against the state to have same sex marriage from out-of-state recognized here.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in New Albany, asks the judge to overturn Indiana's Defense of Marriage Act, which declared same-sex marriages void even if another state recognizes the union.

The motion comes just weeks after efforts to ban same-sex marriage in the state constitution stalled in the General Assembly, and after similar lawsuits in other states have proven successful.

Indiana Attorney General, Greg Zoeller, says he will defend the state's law in court.

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