Thomson ReutersFebruary 14, 2014 07:19
By Verna Gates
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - A civil rights group sued Alabama on Thursday on behalf of a gay man challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage, arguing he should be able to claim the estate of his husband who died in a car crash.
Paul Hard, an associate professor at a university in Montgomery, is seeking to be recognized as the beneficiary of proceeds in a wrongful death case, but Alabama does not recognize him as a surviving spouse. The couple married in Massachusetts.