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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against states and local governments that are refusing to allow gay and lesbian couples to get married in their states.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, claims that same-sex couples cannot get married without going through the civil process and has asked the court to strike down state laws that prevent gay and straight couples from getting married in the same states.

The lawsuit seeks to stop the states from passing laws that deny gay couples the right to wed.

The lawsuits filed by the ACLU and the Center for American Progress say the state laws, which have been on the books since 2015, are discriminatory and violate the U