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Louisiana is the 18th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on April 30, 1812. Its capital is Baton Rouge and largest city is New Orleans.

LGBT Rights in Louisiana: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions was approved by Louisiana voters in September 2004. The measure did not ban domestic partnerships. Louisiana does not have statewide LGBT anti-discrimination protections. Louisiana hate crimes law provides for penalty enhancements for crimes motivated by the victim's sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, but not gender identity. Louisiana allows single persons to adopt and does not explicitly deny adoption or second-parent adoption to same-sex couples.

Current challenges to Louisiana’s same-sex marriage ban:
Robicheaux v. George and Forum for Equality Louisiana v. Barfield.

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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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Marriage News Watch: Calif. anniversary, waiting on Va. ruling, Colo. ban falls

| Monday, July 14, 2014
Noah Berger, APRainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) marks the one year anniversary of the return of marriage equality in California. It was in late June 2013 that the AFER’s case to overturn Proposition 8 finally concluded and equality was restored. Now, we’re awaiting a ruling in AFER’s Virginia case...

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La. voters still against marriage equality, but opposition continues to decline

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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Voters in Louisiana remain strongly opposed to same-sex marriage but opposition continues to decline, according to the latest polling from Public Policy Polling. The poll released Tuesday finds that 55 percent of respondents said they opposed legalizing same-sex marriage in Louisiana, while 32 percent said they would support it.

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Marriage News Watch: Marriage wins in western states

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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This week's Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), features updates from Utah, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, Louisiana, and Maine.

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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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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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Jindal slams HGTV, ‘war on religious liberties’ in commencement speech

| Sunday, May 11, 2014
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal on Saturday slammed HGTV for canceling a proposed HGTV real estate reality show after news broke that one of the brothers has actively campaigned against marriage equality and LGBT rights.

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