Jenner & Block

Firm Successfully Advocates for Rejection of Ban on Same-Sex Marriage in West Virginia

Jenner & Block helped win another victory for same-sex couples in the effort to repeal bans on same-sex marriage nationwide.  On November 7, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia officially ruled in favor of Lambda Legal’s plaintiffs and struck down the ban, following the Fourth Circuit’s ruling in July that struck down a similar ban in Virginia.  In the Virginia case, the firm also represented a class of unmarried same-sex couples, along with the ACLU of Virginia and Lambda Legal.  In the West Virginia case, Partners Paul M. Smith and Lindsay C. Harrison and Associates R. Trent McCotter and Nicholas W. Tarasen were cooperating counsel with Lambda Legal.  “The right to marry is a fundamental right, giving every individual the opportunity to exercise choice in this important relationship,” wrote U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers in West Virginia. Outlets that reported on the West Virginia case and similar recent rulings on same-sex marriage included Metro News The Voice of West Virginia, Reuters and the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, which mentions the firm team.