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7:24 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Supreme Court Won't Sidestep 5th Circuit On Gay Marriage Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court won't step ahead of a federal appeals panel in New Orleans to hear an appeal over Louisiana's same-sex marriage.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal heard the case Friday.

But, in an unusual move, both supporters of same-sex marriage and the state had already asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case before the appeal is decided.

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11:35 am
Mon January 12, 2015

5th Circuit Court Hears Appeals On Defense Of Marriage Act

Same sex couples from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas gather at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals after hearings on their challenge of the Defense of Marriage Acts in their states.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

Arguments were heard in New Orleans challenging Louisiana’s Defense of Marriage Act, which denies marriage to same sex couples. 

Louisiana was one of three Defense of Marriage Act cases heard by the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to Louisiana, cases for Mississippi and Texas were also heard by the three-judge panel.

Ken Upton is the Senior Counsel for Lambda Legal. That organization is representing a group of seven Louisiana same sex couples who are appealing a recent federal judge’s decision to uphold the state ban.

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6:26 am
Fri January 9, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Looks at Louisiana Same-Sex Marriage Case

HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow speaking with reporters outside of the Supreme Court.

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to take up Robicheaux v. George -- the case challenging Louisiana’s ban on the marriage of same-sex couples. It may be the case that decides the issue once and for all for the entire nation.


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7:53 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Louisiana Gay Marriage Ban Heading To US Supreme Court

Gay-rights advocates are challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban.

They’re asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.

In September, a federal judge in New Orleans upheld Louisiana's ban.

An appeal of that ruling is tentatively set to be argued in January at the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

However, lawyers for gay rights groups said yesterday they have asked the Supreme Court to take the rare step of reviewing Louisiana's case ahead of those arguments.

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7:39 am
Tue September 23, 2014

State Appealing Court Ruling Against Gay Marriage Ban

The state is appealing a Lafayette judge’s ruling that Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

It was Judge Edward Rubin's second ruling that Angela Costanza of Broussard may adopt partner Chasity Brewer's son, and be listed as a parent on his birth certificate.

The two married in California, and the suit says it should be recognized.

Rubin's ruling in February was overturned by a state appellate court.

Lafayette attorney Joshua Guillory tells The Advocate he believes it's the first time a state judge has found the law unconstitutional.

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6:52 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Louisiana State Judge: Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A state judge in Lafayette has ruled that Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

It was Judge Edward Rubin's second ruling that Angela Costanza of Broussard may adopt partner Chasity Brewer's son and be listed as a parent on his birth certificate. The two were married in California, and the suit says that marriage should be recognized.

Rubin's ruling in February was overturned by a state appeal court.

Brewer says she's been told Monday's ruling will be released after it's rewritten to remove the child's name.

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7:26 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Appeal Planned For Gay Marriage Court Ruling

Supporters of gay marriage rally in French Quarter.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

Supporters of gay rights will be appealing a federal judge’s ruling that supports a ban on same-sex marriage. The decision will be fought in court and in the voting booth.

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4:41 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

A federal judge has upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages, as well as the state's refusal to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states.
Ludovic Bertron Wikimedia

A federal judge has upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages, as well as the state's refusal to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's ruling Wednesday broke a string of 20-plus court wins for supporters of same-sex marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year.

Feldman said gay marriage supporters failed to prove that the ban violates equal protection or due process provisions of the Constitution.

Politics
4:31 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana's Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 4:46 pm

A federal judge in New Orleans has upheld Louisiana's law banning same-sex marriage. The decision is the first break in a string of more than two dozen federal court rulings that have struck down same-sex-marriage bans in other states over the past year.

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7:33 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Louisiana Gay Marriage Laws Head To Federal Court In New Orleans

A federal judge is set to hear arguments on whether Louisiana must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.

This morning's hearing before U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman deals with lawsuits filed earlier this year by gay married couples. Those couples say Louisiana violates their rights to equal protection and due process by refusing to give them the rights of opposite-sex married couples.

The state and opponents of gay marriage want Feldman to reject the suits. They argue that each state has the right to define marriage in its own way.

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