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Widow among those fighting to overturn GA's same-sex marriage ban

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Less than two months after her wife died, Jennifer Sisson, 34, of Decatur, has sued the state of Georgia for failing to recognize their marriage. 

"There was something special about her," said Sisson reflecting on her late wife Pamela Drenner.

The couple married on Feb. 14, 2013 in New York, and within a month they learned Drenner's ovarian cancer had returned.

Sisson took a leave from work to care for Drenner, who died March 1 of this year.

Sisson said hours after her wife died, she was told Drenner's death certificate would state that she was never married.

"I think that at a time like that, one of the worst times in your life, you shouldn't have to be fighting that battle."

Sisson said that incident gave her the resolve to sign on as one of seven plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Georgia's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

"The state of New York will tell you I'm married and the federal government will tell you I'm married but the state of Georgia will not," said Sisson. "A marriage is a marriage in my opinion, and for my marriage not to be equal to someone else's marriage doesn't seem right to me."

Sisson said she felt the best thing she could do to honor Drenner and their love was to stand up and fight.

"I feel grateful to be in this place and have this opportunity.  I'm just like any one of the other people in this state that has faced similar challenges in having their marriages recognized," said Sisson.

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