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

| Monday, September 29, 2014
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 could take one case, or several, or none at all.

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

| Sunday, September 28, 2014
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 happen...

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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 the date for oral arguments has not yet been scheduled.

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Same-sex marriage ruling heading to Louisiana Supreme Court

| Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Louisiana Supreme Court building in New Orleans.
NEW ORLEANS — One day after a Lafayette Parish judge declared Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the state’s top lawyer announced plans to challenge that decision before the state Supreme Court. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s Office will ask the high court to overturn Judge Edward Rubin’s ruling, spokeswoman Laura Gerdes said Tuesday.

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Judge in Louisiana rules same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional

| Monday, September 22, 2014
A judge in Louisiana has ruled the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. The ruling by a state judge comes in a case brought by a same-sex couple married out-of-state who are seeking to have their marriage recognized in Louisiana for purposes of adoption.

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Marriage News Watch: Massive victory in 7th Circuit, problems with ruling in La.

| Monday, September 8, 2014
Cody Huston, left, and Tina Cady, both of Madison, embrace after getting married Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Madison, Wis. On Friday a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.
A massive victory for equality in Wisconsin and Indiana, with one of the most strongly-worded decisions yet. A judge in Louisiana has ruled against marriage equality, but there are some problems with his ruling. There are major oral arguments this week in multiple states, and more cases move closer to consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Shreveport Times: Same-sex marriage ruling disappointing

| Monday, September 8, 2014
The Shreveport Times opines last week’s ruling by a federal judge upholding Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage ... U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman claimed that there are no fundamental rights at stake, even though the Supreme Court of the United States has determined that marriage is a fundamental right in more than a dozen cases.

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Plaintiffs file appeal notices of Louisiana same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, September 5, 2014
John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
NEW ORLEANS -- Marriage equality supporters in Louisiana have given formal notice of their appeal of a federal court ruling upholding the state's same-sex marriage ban. Forum for Equality Louisiana and several gay couples filed their notices Thursday and Friday in their challenge of the ban.

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Louisiana decision contradicts more than 20 consecutive federal court rulings

| Wednesday, September 3, 2014
WASHINGTON – Today U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled to uphold Louisiana’s ban on marriage equality. Until today, no state marriage ban had survived a federal court ruling since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage decision in United States v. Windsor last summer. In response to today’s rulings, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Legal Director ...

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