News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
ATLANTA (AP) - A lawsuit filed by a same-sex couple in Georgia says the U.S. State Department is unconstitutionally refusing to recognize their daughter's rightful American citizenship. The suit filed Tuesday in federal court in Atlanta says the State Department's policy treats married same-sex couples as if their marriages did not exist. It was filed on behalf of Derek Mize and Jonathan Gregg. The couple's daughter was born in England in July 2018 via surrogate.
ATLANTA (AP) - Opponents of a Georgia law that bans most abortions are asking a judge to keep it from taking effect while a legal challenge plays out. The law is set to become enforceable Jan. 1. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued on behalf of Georgia advocacy groups and abortion providers last month to challenge the measure. They asked the judge Tuesday to stop the law from taking effect pending the outcome of the legal fight.
ATLANTA (AP) - Police say they will not file any charges in the dispute between a black Georgia lawmaker and a white man she accused of verbally assaulting her for having too many items in a grocery store checkout line. Cobb County Police spokesman Sergeant Wayne Delk said Tuesday that authorities investigated and won't charge anyone.
ATLANTA (AP) - A U.S. judge has ordered officials in a metro Atlanta county to improve conditions at a local jail where women with mental health problems say they are subject to prolonged solitary confinement. Judge William Ray issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday requiring Fulton County Sheriff Theodore Jackson to permit women at South Fulton jail to have one hour of recreation time and two hours of free time each day.
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