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Fourth couple to be added to lawsuit challenging GA's same-sex marriage ban

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

A fourth couple will be added as plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Georgia's constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Judge William Duffey has granted a motion to allow Lambda Legal, which filed the lawsuit in April on behalf of seven plaintiffs, to add two additional plaintiffs and a defendant.

According to the motion, Elizabeth and Krista Wurz were married in New Hampshire but since their marriage is not recognized in Georgia, Krista was denied spousal health coverage by Elizabeth's employer, College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick. The couple also alleged that they were denied other benefits related to the protection of their children. 

According to the motion, Lambda Legal also intends to name Monica P. Fenton as a defendant in the lawsuit. Fenton is the "Director of System Benefits-Healthcare and Pharmacy Plans" for the Board of Regents which governs the University System of Georgia.

Last month, Attorney General Sam Olens asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming it would take away voters' rights to define marriage. Georgia voters approved the constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman in 2004.

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