Louisiana

STATUS:

Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment; A state judge has ruled in favor of the freedom to marry; a federal challenge to the state's anti-marriage amendment has been appealed to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

On September 22, 2014, Judge Edward Rubin of the 15th Judicial District Court ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in this state legal challenge to an amendment in Louisiana that denies same-sex couples the freedom to marry.

The ruling came just 3 weeks after a federal judge became the first since June 2013 to uphold marriage discrimination in a separate case, which is now on appeal to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more about marriage litigation in Louisiana.

Marriage supporters across the state are continuing to speak out in favor of equality, working to overturn anti-marriage laws in Louisiana so that all same-sex couples can share in the freedom to marry.

HISTORY:

In 2004, anti-gay forces in Louisiana pushed through Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage and prohibits same-sex couples from attaining any form of legal family status. 

GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:

  • Equality Louisiana is a statewide coalition working toward full equality for LGBT people in Louisiana. 
  • Forum For Equality is a political action committee and civil rights organization dedicated to the establishment of a society free from discrimination and to the support of good government.
  • Lambda Legal is a national legal group committed to protecting LGBT people.
  • Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide. 

POLLING DATA:

Voters in Louisiana are beginning to shift their perspectives on same-sex couples, with 54% of respondents saying they support either marriage or civil union for same-sex couples. (Public Policy Polling, February 2014)   

NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES:

According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 8,076 same-sex couples are living in Louisiana, representing 4.7 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

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