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

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

Twelve states still ban sodomy a decade after U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Monday, April 21, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. — A dozen states still have anti-sodomy laws on the books more that 10 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they are unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Louisiana House chamber

Louisiana House kills bill to repeal unconstitutional sodomy law

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Louisiana House has overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law. [ Read more → ]

Louisiana poll: Slight increase in support for gay marriage, big drop in opposition

Thursday, April 10, 2014
A new poll finds that support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Louisiana has increased slightly over the past year, however a plurality of voters still oppose marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]

La. House committee supports repealing ‘crimes against nature’ gay sex law

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A Louisiana House committee has narrowly agreed to advance a bill that would repeal an unconstitutional state law prohibiting intercourse between two people of the same sex. [ Read more → ]
Louisiana state capitol in Baton Rouge.

La. lawmakers: Housing discrimination against LGBT people is still OK

Monday, March 31, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. --- Louisiana lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have prohibited housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]

La. insurers agree to accept 3rd-party health care payments for HIV patients

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The three major companies in Louisiana offering coverage through the federal insurance exchange have agreed to continue to accept premium payments through Nov. 15 from a program that helps HIV/AIDS patients cover their health care costs. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson

Insurers agree to accept premiums for HIV patients while judge considers suit

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A federal judge received assurances Tuesday that three insurance companies won't immediately stop accepting premium payments from a program that helps HIV and AIDS patients cover health care costs. [ Read more → ]

Freedom to Marry launches $1 million marriage equality campaign in U.S. South

Monday, February 24, 2014
NEW YORK – Freedom to Marry, the advocacy campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, on Monday launched a $1 million multi-state campaign to build majority support for marriage in the South. [ Read more → ]

Lambda Legal sues to force La. insurers to accept premiums for HIV patients

Friday, February 21, 2014
NEW ORLEANS -- Lambda Legal said in a lawsuit Thursday that an insurance company is violating the Affordable Care Act by refusing to take premium payments from a federal program that helps HIV and AIDS patients pay for care. [ Read more → ]

Complaint alleges BlueCross BlueShield policy targets people with HIV

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
NEW ORLEANS -- Lambda Legal has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights against BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana (BCBS) after the state's largest insurer stopped accepting federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) subsidies for low-income Louisianans living with HIV. [ Read more → ]

Gay rights group files lawsuit challenging Louisiana gay marriage ban

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
NEW ORLEANS -- Four married gay couples have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Louisiana Constitution's prohibition against recognizing same-sex marriages performed legally in other states. [ Read more → ]

‘Duck Dynasty’ season 5 premiere down 3.3 million viewers from season 4 opener

Thursday, January 16, 2014
NEW YORK -- Nielsen says "Duck Dynasty" drew 8.5 million viewers for its fifth-season premiere. [ Read more → ]
Ron Webb

Shreveport city council member halts effort to repeal LGBT rights ordinance

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
SHREVEPORT, La. -- A City Council member in Shreveport has, for now, halted his effort to repeal an LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance. [ Read more → ]
Zach Dilgard, A&E  (AP)From left: Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson from the A&E series, "Duck Dynasty."

La. governor Bobby Jindal critical of A&E ‘Duck Dynasty’ suspension

Thursday, December 19, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The A&E cable television network's suspension of "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson from the hit reality show has drawn criticism from the governor of his home state. [ Read more → ]
Shreveport, La.

Shreveport adopts LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Shreveport City Council on Tuesday voted in favor of a proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to its list of protected classes. [ Read more → ]

Federal workers to process same-sex benefit forms at La. National Guard sites

Thursday, December 5, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana National Guard personnel seeking benefits for same-sex spouses will have an easier time filing the requests, despite a state refusal to let its workers process the paperwork because of Louisiana's ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Daniel Timothy Duplaisir (left) and James Arnt Aune.

Man gets year in prison for posing as transgender girl to extort professor

Monday, November 18, 2013
HOUSTON -- A Louisiana man was sentenced to a year in prison Monday for running an extortion scheme that authorities believe led a Texas A&M University professor to commit suicide by jumping to his death from a campus parking garage. [ Read more → ]
Jeremy Simmons, FUSE/APThis undated photo released by FUSE shows New Orleans hip-hop artist Big Freedia in a recording session.

Openly gay rapper Big Freedia brings bounce to TV audience

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
NEW YORK — New Orleans hip-hop artist Big Freedia is twerking his way to TV screens. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)

Louisiana, Jindal administration at odds with federal benefits rules

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Federal regulations are loosening to offer more benefits to same-sex married couples around the nation, but not so in Louisiana, where Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is complicating how couples can get those federal benefits. [ Read more → ]
Tony Perkins

Perkins fires back at critics, calls SPLC ‘a very dangerous group’

Thursday, October 3, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, on Tuesday fired back Tuesday at critics who claim his recent appointment to the Louisiana state Law Enforcement Commission is political payback by Gov. Bobby Jindal. [ Read more → ]
Tony Perkins

Anti-gay hate group leader appointed to La. law enforcement commission

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The leader of an anti-gay hate group has been appointed to the Louisiana state Law Enforcement Commission, a group which oversees awarding grants, training of police officers, and regulates law enforcement activity across the state. [ Read more → ]

La. National Guard aligns with Texas, won’t process same-sex spousal benefits

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Louisiana National Guard won't process requests from same-sex couples seeking benefits, joining Texas in the refusal because of the states' bans on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Southern Decadence lures gays to hopeful ‘honeymoon haven’ New Orleans

Saturday, August 31, 2013
NEW ORLEANS -- Thousands of visitors rolled into New Orleans this week for Southern Decadence: five days of celebration of gay culture in a city now being promoted by tourism officials as a honeymoon site for same-sex newlyweds - despite the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Chuck Kleckley

La. House Speaker won’t seek repeal of unconstitutional sodomy law

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. — House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says he won't seek a repeal of an unconstitutional anti-sodomy law from Louisiana's criminal statutes. [ Read more → ]
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