Louisiana

STATUS:

Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

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.

In July 2013 and February 2014, private lawyers filed separate lawsuits seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples across the state of Louisiana. The cases have been scheduled for oral argument for June 25, 2014. Read more about marriage litigation in Louisiana.

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.
  • 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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New poll shows a growing number of Louisiana voters support marriage

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Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Louisiana.

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