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

John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans, home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Staff Reports

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.

John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans, home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The court set arguments for both cases to be heard during the week of January 5, 2015.

In the Louisiana case, U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman upheld the state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states. His Sept. 3 ruling was the first to uphold a state ban since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year.

In the Texas case, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia declared that state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The February ruling has been on hold pending appeal.

The Louisiana case is Robicheaux v. George (combined with Forum for Equality Louisiana v. Barfield), and the Texas case is DeLeon v. Perry.

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