"I'm tired of the soft discrimination we're met with every day because we can't use the same terminology other couples can," Murdock told the Gazette-Mail in October. "People say, 'Why don't you just go out of state and get married?' We don't want to do that. Will was raised in Logan County. I was raised in Wayne County. We've been in West Virginia our whole lives. We love this state."
Karen Loewy, an attorney with Lambda Legal, said the group had notified Morrisey's office that it was challenging state law and that they expected him to intervene.
"It's par for the course; we were very much expecting that," Loewy said. "We're looking forward to engaging with the A.G. and the clerks and getting down to the substance of the issue -- the denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples."
Morrissey had until the end of the month -- 60 days from when the original lawsuit was filed -- to decide if he would intervene.
In late October, a federal judge ruled that both county clerks could wait to respond to the lawsuit until Morrisey decided if he would intervene. Both clerks have said they were complying with state law in denying the marriage licenses.
Same-sex marriage is legal in 16 states. This week, Illinois and Hawaii became the two most recent states to legalize it.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key piece of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that same-sex couples who are legally married are entitled to federal benefits.
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