Appeal planned after judge upholds same-sex marriage ban in Louisiana
Dave Cohen Reporting
Gay rights activists today are vowing to appeal a ruling that upholds Louisiana ban on same-sex marriage.
"Forum for Equality Louisiana and four same-sex couples who challenged the state's anti-gay laws will vigorously appeal a federal judge's refusal to strike down Louisiana's ban of same-sex marriages as unconstitutional," Spokesman John Hill said in a news release.
He also hopes an appeal can win gay couples full rights and benefits in Louisiana if they were legally married in other states.
Plaintiffs' Attorney Dalton Courson said, "We always anticipated it would be a difficult fight to have same-sex marriages recognized in Louisiana. We plan to carefully present our case to the appellate court. The Constitution demands equal protection to all citizens, including the Louisiana lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community."
Louisiana voters overwhelmingly passed the amendment to the Louisiana Constitution in 2004 to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's ruling broke a string of 20-plus court wins for supporters of same-sex marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year. Feldman said gay marriage supporters failed to prove that the ban violates equal protection or due process provisions of the Constitution.