Forum for Equality Challenges Louisiana's Refusal to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage Equality
The Forum for Equality Louisiana, together with four couples, filed a lawsuit challenging the state's constitutional ban on recognizing same-sex marriages legally performed outside of the state. The lawsuit charges that Louisiana's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages violates the United States constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.
The basis of the equal protection violation claim is that Louisiana recognizes marriages legally performed elsewhere, including marriages that cannot be entered into inside the state. Louisiana singles out only same-sex marriages for unequal treatment, a violation of the constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. The lawsuit also alleges that state laws barring recognition violate the couples’ fundamental right to marry.
Dalton Courson and Lesli Harris filed the suit in US District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, on behalf of Forum for Equality Louisiana and four couples. Additional information about the lawsuit, the Forum for Equality and the plaintiffs can be found here.