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Alabama mom intervenes in suit over same-sex marriage

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David Fancher and Paul Hard.  Photo: Michael Kukulski
David Fancher and Paul Hard.
Photo: Michael Kukulski

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The mother of an accident victim is now involved in a federal lawsuit filed by his same-sex partner, who is trying to overturn Alabama’s ban on gay marriage.

A federal judge in Montgomery says Pat Fancher can intervene in a lawsuit filed after the death of 53-year-old David Fancher.

Fancher’s longtime partner, Paul Hard, sued in December. The two men were legally married in Massachusetts, but Alabama law doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages.

Hard’s lawsuit asks a court to strike down Alabama laws banning same-sex unions.

Pat Fancher says in court documents she doesn’t want to share her son’s estate with Hard. She also says she opposes same-sex marriage.

Fancher is being represented by the Montgomery-based Foundation for Moral Law, which was founded by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

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