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Posts from Joshua Newville, a Minnesota employment lawyer, civil rights attorney, and mediator.

June 2014: Joshua Newville Files Historic Marriage Equality Lawsuit in North Dakota

On June 6, 2014, Attorney Joshua Newville filed a lawsuit on behalf of seven same-sex couples in North Dakota. The lawsuit, Ramsay, et al. v. Dalrymple, et al., 14-CV-57, was filed in United States District Court in Fargo, North Dakota.


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Like Newville’s filing in South Dakota two weeks ago, the lawsuit against North Dakota officials is the first lawsuit in the state to challenge the state’s same-sex marriage ban. The lawsuit alleges the state’s ban on marrying same-sex couples and its refusal to recognize the marriages of other jurisdictions deprives gay and lesbians from their constitutionally-protected rights of equal protection, due process, and right to travel.


Advocacy group Freedom to Marry is tracking the progress of marriage equality litigation across the country.





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Joshua Newville is an attorney and mediator based in Minnesota. He litigates employment and civil rights cases, serves as a mediator for civil disputes, and provides employment law advice.

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