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Case: Vo v. Gee

STATUS: Pending | Louisiana

On February 8, 2017, NCLR, GLAD, and Lambda Legal filed an amicus brief arguing that Louisiana’s law requiring any foreign-born person to present a certified birth certificate in order to marry is an unconstitutional infringement on the fundamental right to marry, and requesting that the court grant a preliminary injunction against enforcement of that law.

The plaintiff in the case is Viet Anh Vo, a U.S. citizen who was born in a refugee camp in Indonesia and thus does not have an official birth certificate. Vo and his fiancee were prevented from marrying in Louisiana because of this discriminatory law.

Read NCLR, GLAD, and Lambda’s amicus brief submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. (pdf)

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