On February 12, 2014, four married, same-sex couples and a nonprofit organization filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana against the State of Louisiana. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court to declare ...
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On February 12, 2014, four married, same-sex couples and a nonprofit organization filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana against the State of Louisiana. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court to declare unconstitutional any Louisiana Laws that do not recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples performed in other jurisdictions, enjoin enforcement of such laws, declare that the enforcement of such laws violates citizens' right to free speech, require the defendants in their official capacities to recognize the plaintiffs' marriages as valid and enforceable under Louisiana law, and to award the plaintiffs reasonable attorney's fees and costs of suit.
The Louisiana Anti-Recognition Laws prohibited Louisiana officials from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples entered into in another jurisdiction where same-sex marriages were legal. The plaintiff claimed that the Louisiana Anti-Recognition Laws violated their rights under the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the United States constitution. The plaintiffs also alleged that the laws infringed upon their freedom of speech.
This case was consolidated with a similar Louisiana case, Robicheaux v. Caldwell
, on March 18, 2014.
On September 3, 2014, the court (Magistrate Judge Michael North) entered judgment in favor of the defendants. The court found that the State of Louisiana had a legitimate interest under a rational basis standard of review for addressing the meaning of marriage through the democratic process, and that the plaintiffs had failed to establish a genuine dispute regarding a First Amendment violation. The order denied the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment and granted the defendants' motion for the same.
On September 4, 2014, the plaintiffs appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which has scheduled oral argument for January 9, 2015.Megan Dolan - 10/23/2014
Priyah Kaul - 12/04/2014