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Case Name Ramsey v. Dalrymple PB-ND-0001
Docket / Court 3:14-cv-00057 ( D.N.D. )
State/Territory North Dakota
Case Type(s) Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Same-Sex Marriage
Case Summary
This federal lawsuit challenges North Dakota's refusal to allow same-sex marriages or recognize those celebrated in other states. It was filed on June 6, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota, by seven same-sex couples. (Prior to this lawsuit, it seems that North Dakota ... read more >
This federal lawsuit challenges North Dakota's refusal to allow same-sex marriages or recognize those celebrated in other states. It was filed on June 6, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota, by seven same-sex couples. (Prior to this lawsuit, it seems that North Dakota was the only state that bans same-sex without such a challenge pending.) One couple sought to marry in North Dakota; four were North Dakota residents who had married elsewhere; one couple had moved to North Dakota after a marriage elsewhere; and one, who married and resided out-of-state, included a member who worked for the State but whose benefits were adversely affected by the recognition ban.

As of 6/8/2014, the case is assigned to Magistrate Judge Karen Klein.

- 06/08/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Right to travel
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
Sexual orientatation
General
Disparate Treatment
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Marriage
Public benefits (includes, e.g., in-state tuition, govt. jobs)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) State of North Dakota
Plaintiff Description Seven same-sex couples. One couple seeks to marry in North Dakota; five live in North Dakota but married in other states (one while residing out of state; four traveled out of state to marry); one lives out of state but includes a member employed by North Dakota, whose health insurance and other benefits are limited by the ban on recognition of same-sex marriage.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Limited Partnership
http://www.limitedpartnershipmovie.com/
By: Thomas G. Miller
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

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Written: Jun. 07, 2016
By: Troy Masters
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Docket(s)
3:14-cv-57 (D.N.D.) 06/06/2014
PB-ND-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Permanent Injunction and Declaratory Relief 06/06/2014
PB-ND-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Klein, Karen K. (D.N.D.) [Magistrate]
PB-ND-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fiebiger, Thomas D (North Dakota)
PB-ND-0001-0001 | PB-ND-0001-9000
Newville, Joshua A (Maryland)
PB-ND-0001-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Stenehjem, Wayne (North Dakota)
PB-ND-0001-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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