Apellate court revives gay marriage lawsuit 23 Jan 12

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Court of Appeals has revived a lawsuit that challenged the state’s ban on gay marriage.

The appellate court ruled Monday in a case brought by several same-sex couples against Hennepin County.

The couples had argued that the state’s Defense of Marriage Act violated their rights to due process, equal protection, religious freedom and freedom of association.

The appellate court said the district judge didn’t properly analyze the couples’ claims that their due process, equal protection and freedom of association rights were violated. The justices sent the case back to the district court for review.