John M. Becker

Louisiana Judge Says He'll Make Broad Marriage Ruling

Filed By John M. Becker | June 25, 2014 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, lawsuit, Louisiana, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

scales_justice.jpgGoodness, today's another red-letter day for marriage equality.

First Indiana's marriage discrimination amendment falls, then the 10th Circuit upholds a decision striking down Utah's ban...

And now this: in Louisiana today, U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman -- who heard arguments on a case seeking to compel the state to recognize legal same-sex marriages performed elsewhere -- announced that he intends to rule not just on that question, but on the constitutionality of Louisiana's marriage discrimination amendment, which voters overwhelmingly approved in 2004.

South Louisiana newspaper The Advocate reports:

After hearing about an hour and half of oral arguments on the question before him, Feldman announced that he wants to decide on both issues involved in gay marriage lawsuits going on around the country; in other words, not just whether Louisiana must recognize legal marriages from elsewhere, but whether Louisiana must also allow same-sex couples to wed here.

"I feel uncomfortable resolving some issues one way or the other and not all issues one way or another," Feldman said before calling lawyers for both sides into a private conference to sketch out a time line for additional briefs and oral arguments.

The judge's decision likely means that opponents and allies of same-sex marriage in Louisiana will have more time to wait before the issue is finally resolved. But it also means that Louisiana's entire constitutional ban on same-sex marriage will stand or fall on Feldman's ruling and the appeals that follow.

Incredible. The good marriage equality news just keeps on coming. Fingers crossed for LGBT Louisianans!

h/t: Joe.My.God.

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