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Associated Press: U.S. Citizen Born in Refugee Camp Sues to Marry


The Associated Press reports that a 31-year-old U.S. citizen who was born in an Indonesian refugee camp filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday to challenge a newly amended Louisiana law that blocked him from obtaining a marriage license because he couldn’t produce a birth certificate. The law requires any foreign-born person wanting to get married in Louisiana to produce both a birth certificate and an unexpired visa or a passport from their country of birth. The suit alleges that the law violates the plaintiff’s constitutional rights and was intended to discriminate against foreign-born individuals.

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