John M. Becker

Louisiana Marriage Case Goes to Court Today

Filed By John M. Becker | June 25, 2014 10:00 AM | comments

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

louisiana_map.jpgToday, oral arguments will be heard in federal court in Robicheaux v. Caldwell, a case seeking to compel Louisiana to recognize valid same-sex marriage licenses issued in other states. The Associated Press reports:

Attorneys for six same-sex couples in Louisiana and the advocacy group Forum for Equality Louisiana Inc. sued the state last year. They argue that Louisiana must recognize their unions under the Windsor decision. Attorneys for Louisiana disagree, saying that in its Windsor decision, the high court affirmed states' rights to define marriage, and that Louisiana has defined it as being between a woman and a man.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman must interpret Windsor here. With no facts in dispute, Feldman, appointed by President Ronald Regan, must address only the question of law. In legal terms, both sides have asked for partial summary judgments.

The plaintiffs aren't asking Feldman to order Louisiana to legalize same-sex marriages. Rather, they want the judge to strike down a 1999 Louisiana law and a constitutional amendment that voters approved in 2004. Those laws define marriage as being between a man and a woman and forbid the state to recognize any other union as a marriage.

Disgraced "researcher" Mark Regnerus filed an amicus brief in this case in May, arguing that Louisiana's marriage discrimination amendment should be upheld in full, including the provision blocking the state from recognizing valid same-sex marriages from other states. Because children. Of course, Regnerus's brief heavily cited his own junk-science "study."

Oral arguments begin at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.

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