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Alabama lawmaker to challenge state ban on gay marriage

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Rep. Patricia Todd spoke during a meeting at Madison Co. Democratic Party Headquarters Saturday. Rep. Patricia Todd spoke during a meeting at Madison Co. Democratic Party Headquarters Saturday.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Alabama's only openly gay legislator is challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

State Representative Patricia Todd announced her plan in Huntsville when she spoke at the Madison County Democratic Party Headquarters on Saturday.

Despite her position as a state lawmaker she said she is not doing it legislatively; instead she plans to take her cause to court.

Todd's decision comes on the heels of the Supreme Court's ruling to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which banned same-sex unions.

Representative Todd said the ruling opens the door for gay couples to challenge the law in states where same-sex marriage is banned, like in Alabama.

Her plan is to apply for a marriage license or shared health benefits with her partner. Once denied she will file a lawsuit citing the equal protection clause of the constitution.

"No progress is ever made unless the courts tell us to do something. We are not a state known for progressive policy or for non-discrimination, so we have to use the court system," said Todd.

Representative Todd is very hopeful the law will soon change in Alabama.

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