On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in the case Obergefell v. Hodges, ending marriage discrimination throughout the nation. This decision was quickly implemented by states across the country, including some counties in Louisiana. Freedom to Marry expects the ruling to be fully implemented soon, bringing marriage to all families in the state. Read more about the ruling here.
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.
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, Robicheaux v. Caldwell, which is now on appeal to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, awaiting ruling. Read more about marriage litigation in Louisiana.
On January 12, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court denied review of the Robicheaux case, which filed a petition seeking review prior to judgment.
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.
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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Resources Related to Louisiana
UCLA demographers analyzing 2010 Census Bureau data have found that same-sex couples raising children are more common in the South than in any other region in the United States.
A listing of both state and national political parties that have made strong statements in support of the freedom to marry.
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Louisiana.