Georgia’s marriage license law has been on hold for the past several months due to a contested ballot issue, but it could be at risk if a lawsuit is filed over the issue.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, alleges that the law violates the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which requires that all countries adopt gender equality.
Georgia’s election law was approved by voters in November, and is now in effect.
However, a state court judge has ruled that the state cannot use the election law to invalidate marriages in Georgia, according to the Associated Press.
That ruling was appealed to the state Supreme Court.
The state’s attorney general said the decision to appeal the case was “outrageous.”
The case has drawn attention because Georgia was one of just three states in the U,S., where voters can petition for a change in the state’s marriage law.
The other two states are South Carolina and Louisiana.
Georgia has also been the target of criticism for its strict voting laws.
Earlier this year, the U (or United States) Supreme Court ruled that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry and a federal judge in South Carolina, which has some of the strictest voting laws in the country, said the U should not be a party to the case.
In a statement, the Georgia Supreme Court said the ruling in the South Carolina case was a “somewhat surprising and disappointing development.”
The court did not specify what the decision was about.
“We do not have a decision yet on Georgia’s lawsuit, and it is premature to speculate on what may happen in the future,” the court said.
The AP’s Scott Wilson contributed to this report.