Forum For Equality Louisiana Prevails in Fifth Circuit Appeal on Same-Sex Marriage Ban
On July 1, 2015, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a judgment that the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges struck down laws that blocked same-sex couples from marriage rights nationwide. The judgment reversed an adverse district court ruling. On July 2nd, U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ordered that Louisiana officials must grant marriage rights to same-sex couples, including allowing same-sex couples to jointly adopt children, to have both spouses' names placed on birth certificates for their children and to file joint tax returns.
The Forum for Equality Louisiana, together with four couples, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana in 2014 challenging Louisiana's constitutional ban on recognizing same-sex marriages legally performed outside of the state. The lawsuit charged that Louisiana's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages violates the United States constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. The District Court first upheld the ban, and the matter was sent to the Court of Appeals, which later reversed the ruling.
Stone Pigman is proud to have represented the Forum for Equality Louisiana and the brave couples who fought to vindicate the constitutional rights of same-sex couples in Louisiana.