Analyst: LA ban on gay marriage likely to fall soon
Chris Miller Reporting
A Texas judge says the Lone Star State's ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. It is a decision that will be appealed, and the arguments will be heard here in New Orleans at the U.S. 5th Circuit federal Court of Appeals. That means whatever the 5th Circuit decides will affect Louisiana's similar gay-marriage ban.
Legal analyst Tim Meche said it appears to be only a matter of time before gay couples enjoy the same rights to marry as straight couples.
"Virtually every court has ruled that it's unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry," Meche said.
Listen to Time Meche's analysis of the Texas ruling:
Meche said he doesn't think the 5th Circuit will be any different. He says anti-gay marriage arguments just haven't been to articulate why it's in a state's best interest to prevent consenting adult couples from getting married.
"They can't say it's based on religious reasons because that would be patently unconstitutional," Meche said. "They've tried to say marriage should be reserved for promoting child-bearing, but we don't prevent infertile couple or couples in their 70s and 80s from getting married."
And Meche says if the appellate judges rule the Texas ban unconstitutional, "then it would be equally unconstitutional in Louisiana."