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.
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.
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.
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.