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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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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Federal judge upholds Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, September 3, 2014
NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge has upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages, as well as the state's refusal to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's ruling Wednesday broke a string of 20-plus court wins for supporters of same-sex marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal ...

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Baton Rouge council rejects LGBT ‘fairness ordinance’

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council has voted 8-4 vote to reject a proposed local law banning discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Baton Rouge Advocate reports the proposal generated weeks of passionate debate about the legal protections for LGBT people in the capital city.

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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
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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