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Case Name Searcy v. Bentley PB-AL-0005
Docket / Court 1:14-cv-00208 ( S.D. Ala. )
Additional Docket(s) 15-10295  [ 15-10295 ]
No. 14A840
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Same-Sex Marriage
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Full faith and credit
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief denied
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
Sexual orientatation
General
Adoption
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Marriage
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Defendant(s) State of Alabama
Plaintiff Description A same-sex couple from Alabama, but married in California, brought suit against the state in order to challenge Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage after one half of the couple was denied step-parent adoption.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Order Duration 2015 - n/a
Filing Year 2014
Case Closing Year 2016
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing PB-AL-0008 : Strawser v. Strange (S.D. Ala.)
PB-AL-0011 : Searcy v. Davis (S.D. Ala.)
PB-AL-0010 : Hedgepeth v. Davis (S.D. Ala.)
PB-AL-0012 : Hathcote v. Green (N.D. Ala.)
Docket(s)
1:14−cv−00208 (S.D. Ala.)
PB-AL-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/28/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
PB-AL-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/07/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Report and Recommendation [ECF# 34]
PB-AL-0005-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/30/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion on Summary Judgment [ECF# 53] (2015 WL 328728) (S.D. Ala.)
PB-AL-0005-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 01/23/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Stay [ECF# 59] (2015 WL 328825) (S.D. Ala.)
PB-AL-0005-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 01/25/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Clarifying Judgment [ECF# 65] (S.D. Ala.)
PB-AL-0005-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/28/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
[Denial of Stay] (135 S.Ct. 940)
PB-AL-0005-0007.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 02/09/2015
Source: Supreme Court website
Judges Alito, Samuel A. Jr. (Third Circuit, SCOTUS)
PB-AL-0005-0007
Breyer, Stephen Gerald (First Circuit, SCOTUS)
PB-AL-0005-0007
Ginsburg, Ruth Bader (D.C. Circuit, SCOTUS)
PB-AL-0005-0007
Granade, Callie V. (S.D. Ala.)
PB-AL-0005-0003 | PB-AL-0005-0004 | PB-AL-0005-0008 | PB-AL-0005-9000
Kagan, Elena (SCOTUS)
PB-AL-0005-0007
Kennedy, Anthony McLeod (Ninth Circuit, SCOTUS)
PB-AL-0005-0007
Nelson, Katherine P. (S.D. Ala.) [Magistrate]
PB-AL-0005-0006 | PB-AL-0005-9000
Roberts, John Glover Jr. (D.C. Circuit, SCOTUS)
PB-AL-0005-0007
Scalia, Antonin (D.C. Circuit, SCOTUS)
PB-AL-0005-0007
Sotomayor, Sonia (SCOTUS, S.D.N.Y., Second Circuit)
PB-AL-0005-0007
Thomas, Clarence (D.C. Circuit, SCOTUS)
PB-AL-0005-0007
Plaintiff's Lawyers Hernandez, Christine Cassie (Alabama)
PB-AL-0005-0001 | PB-AL-0005-9000
Kennedy, David Graham (Alabama)
PB-AL-0005-0001 | PB-AL-0005-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Brasher, Andrew L. (Alabama)
PB-AL-0005-9000
Brooks, Felicia Marshea (Alabama)
PB-AL-0005-9000
Davis, James William (Alabama)
PB-AL-0005-9000
Hagmaier, Jason Kirk (Alabama)
PB-AL-0005-9000
Howell, Laura Elizabeth (Alabama)
PB-AL-0005-9000
Other Lawyers Agricola, Algert Swanson Jr. (Alabama)
PB-AL-0005-9000
Ryals, Joseph Lenn (Alabama)
PB-AL-0005-9000

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