Nine Colorado couples filed a lawsuit Wednesday that seeks to overturn the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage, The Denver Post reports. The law currently on the books allows civil unions but outlaws same-sex marriage.
“Colorado law creates two classes of citizens: those free to marry the person they love, and those denied that fundamental right,” the suit says. “Same-sex couples in Colorado are relegated to a second-class level of citizenship that denies their relationships the full panoply of rights enjoyed by married opposite-sex couples.”
Colorado is just one of a number of states including Texas, Utah and Oklahoma where citizens are challenging gay marriage prohibitions.