Georgia same-sex mar…
Georgia same-sex marriage amendment update:

The Georgia Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear oral arguments Oct. 19 in the lawsuit seeking to stop the Nov. 2 referendum on a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

The Georgia American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and Atlanta law firm Alston & Bird filed their appeal of a lower court ruling Wednesday. The office of the attorney general has until Tuesday to file legal briefs.

The appeal uses arguments similar to the lawsuit, filed Sept. 16. It argues that the proposed amendment violates the “single-subject rule” of the state constitution because it addresses three issues besides gay marriage: civil unions, the ability of Georgia courts to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, and the jurisdiction of Georgia courts to rule on disputes arising from same-sex relationships. The lawsuit also contends that the ballot question voters will see at the polls is misleading because it asks them only about marriage.

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