Louisiana Gay Couple File Lawsuit Over Marriage License Denial

  • metta

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    Apr 22, 2009 4:28 PM GMT


    Gay La. couple sues over marriage license denial


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    A gay couple in New Orleans is suing over being denied a marriage license in Louisiana, claiming their rights are being violated by a state constitutional ban of same-sex marriage.

    Kristoffer Bonilla, 33, and John Thomas Wray, 18, are asking a federal judge to strike down the constitutional amendment, which lawmakers and voters overwhelmingly approved in 2004.

    The men filed the lawsuit against several state and local officials on April 2, the same day they said they were denied a marriage license. It claims the state's marriage amendment violates the First Amendment "by curtailing the right to marry based upon a religious interpretation of the nature and purpose of marriage itself."




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  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 23, 2009 9:16 PM GMT
    Best of luck to that gay couple suing the State of Louisiana over their denial of a marriage license. However given the increasingly conservative and right wing religious domination of Louisiana politics, I would not hold my breath on this one. I doubt if their lawsuit is going to make any difference which is very sad. But that is a conservative southern state for you.
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    Apr 23, 2009 9:39 PM GMT
    Yeah, this is going nowhere is a Southern state. And nowhere in the Federal Courts, either, until Bush appointees are gone, and the mix of the US Supreme Court is changed, not likely until Obama's second term at the earliest.