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Federal judge in La. same-sex marriage case says no more arguments needed

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman
NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge in Louisiana says he doesn't need to hear any more arguments in the case of a same-sex couple challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage, and has signaled he is prepared to rule the ban's constitutionality. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman heard arguments in June regarding Louisiana's refusal to recognize the unions ...

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Baton Rouge council to consider LGBT-inclusive fairness ordinance

| Monday, June 30, 2014
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BATON ROUGE, La. — The Baton Rouge Metro Council is again contemplating an anti-discrimination measure supported by the gay community, but it's unclear how the proposal will fare when council members cast their votes.

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New Orleans mayor announces support for marriage equality

| Monday, June 30, 2014
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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has come out in support of same-sex marriage. Landrieu, a Catholic and a Democrat, has been a longtime supporter of civil unions. However, this is the first time he has endorsed same-sex marriage, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

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Judge sets the stage for Louisiana same-sex marriage rulings

| Friday, June 27, 2014
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NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has set a mid-July deadline for filing briefs on multiple issues involving same-sex marriage in Louisiana. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman has already heard arguments on some of those issues regarding Louisiana’s refusal to recognize the unions of same-sex couples legally married in other states.

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Judge in La. same-sex marriage case signals he may expand scope of ruling

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman
NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge in New Orleans heard arguments Wednesday on whether Louisiana must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states. Attorneys on both sides of the issue pointed to last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a federal prohibition against recognizing legal gay marriages.

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Federal judge to hear arguments in challenge to La. same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge is set to hear arguments on whether Louisiana must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states. Wednesday morning's hearing before U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman deals with lawsuits filed earlier this year by two same-sex couples married in Iowa who were seeking to have their marriages...

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Transgender woman held captive two years, claims she was kept as sex slave

| Sunday, June 8, 2014
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NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana — Authorities say that a transgender woman was held as a slave in rural, northwestern Louisiana for two years in what local authorities describe as the most “severe and disturbing” case of human trafficking ever investigated in the area.

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Lawmakers deal another blow to LGBT rights in Louisiana

| Monday, April 28, 2014
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Attempts to advance gay rights legislation took another blow in the Louisiana Legislature. The House Commerce Committee on Monday voted 12-3 to kill a measure that would have prohibited housing discrimination against gays, among others.

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Coroner says illicit silicone injection killed transgender woman

| Saturday, April 26, 2014
Armani Nicole Davenport is accused in the homicide of Brenisha Hall.
NEW ORLEANS -- A black-market silicone injection killed a transgender woman earlier this year, the Orleans Parish coroner's office says. On Friday, the office ruled that the New Year's Day death of 25-year-old Brenisha Hall was a homicide.

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La. lawmaker pulls LGBT workplace protections bill due to lack of votes

| Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity has been shelved for the legislative session.

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