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Louisiana

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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U.S. Supreme Court schedules conference on Louisiana gay marriage appeal

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
In September, a federal judge upheld Louisiana’s ban, a rare loss for marriage equality advocates who, at the time, had won more than 20 consecutive rulings overturning bans in other states. [...]

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Louisiana adds to momentum for Supreme Court review of gay marriage

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
A second state — Louisiana — told the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday that the Justices should consider taking on the constitutional dispute over same-sex marriage without waiting further. It is important, the state said in urging prompt review of a federal judge’s decision upholding Louisiana’s ban on such [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court asked to review Louisiana same-sex marriage case

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS -- Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban want the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court. [...]

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5th Circuit schedules hearings in appeals of Texas, Louisiana gay marriage rulings

Monday, October 27, 2014
John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
NEW ORLEANS, La. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday scheduled oral arguments in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Texas and Louisiana. The court set arguments for both cases to be heard during the week of January 5, 2015. [...]

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Lambda Legal joins appeal of Louisiana marriage ruling to 5th Circuit

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Lambda Legal said Tuesday it is joining the legal team representing seven Louisiana same-sex couples and the Forum for Equality Louisiana, the state’s LGBT rights organization, in their appeal to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals of last month’s U.S. District Court ruling upholding Louisiana’s [...]

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Louisiana State University launches LGBT minor program

Friday, October 3, 2014
Louisiana State University
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana State University has launched a new, 18-credit-hour LGBT minor program. Elaine M. Maccio, an associate professor in the School of Social Work who designed the program, said the courses seek to examine LGBT issues through multiple lenses, including race, religion, class and disability... [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to conference on same-sex marriage cases

Monday, September 29, 2014
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This is the week when the U.S. Supreme Court meets to decide whether to take a marriage case. After meeting in conference on Monday, the Justices will announce their decision next week, on October 6th. Currently, cases from Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah and Oklahoma are ready for consideration. The court [...]

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La. church gives AA group the boot out of fear of having to host gay weddings

Sunday, September 28, 2014
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KEITHVILLE, La. — A local Alcoholics Anonymous group is looking for a new place to meet after being booted from a Louisiana church over the pastor’s fears he might be forced to accommodate same-sex weddings. KSLA-TV reports that Pastor David Venable of the Westwood Baptist Church in Keithville, La., said [...]

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La. AG appeals state court ruling that struck down same-sex marriage ban

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell (R-La.)
NEW ORLEANS -- Louisiana's attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a decision by a Lafayette Parish judge who declared Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's Office filed the appeal Friday. Caldwell asked the court to rule quickly. But that might not [...]

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Fifth Circuit to hear same-sex marriage appeals from Louisiana, Texas

Friday, September 26, 2014
John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday said it will hear the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Texas and Louisiana. Equality on Trial reports that the two cases will be heard on the same date and by the same panel, although [...]

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