CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A national gay and lesbian civil rights organization will file a federal lawsuit in West Virginia on Tuesday.
Lambda Legal will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. in Huntington to announce the lawsuit, according to a release from the firm. The group was among those who filed a lawsuit in Virginia in August challenging that state's ban on gay and lesbian marriage.
A spokesman for Lambda Legal wouldn't release details of the West Virginia lawsuit on Monday. According to the group's website, it has been working with Fairness West Virginia, a gay rights group, "to find a way for all same-sex couples and their families in the Mountain State to get equal legal treatment and protections."
Casey Willits, executive director of Fairness West Virginia, would only confirm Monday that Fairness has been working with Lambda.
"We've been working with them and looking at issues this summer regarding West Virginia and how it fits into federal legal precedent," Willits said.
Delegate Stephen Skinner, D-Jefferson, said Monday he wanted to wait until after a press conference to comment, but told the Gazette, "I think we may be hearing about an important lawsuit on the Constitution." Skinner, a Martinsburg attorney, is the first openly gay member of the state Legislature.
The Virginia lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court by a couple from Staunton, Va., who argues that Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.
The American Civil Liberties Union was among the groups that filed the Virginia lawsuit. Sarah Rogers, attorney for the West Virginia ACLU, didn't know about the planned West Virginia lawsuit.