Marriage Equality USA

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Current Status

  • 1 case challenging the state ban on same-sex marriage in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals; 1 case regarding adoption in state appeal court.


  • In 1997, the City of New Orleans extended health insurance benefits to same-sex partners of city employees, the first and only city in the state to do so.
  • In 1998 and 1999, in addition to having a state constitutional ban on marriage equality, Louisiana added provisions to its Civil Code prohibiting same-sex couples from contracting to marry and prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions.
  • In 1999, the City Council of New Orleans created a domestic partner registry for the city.
  • On 3 December 2013, Louisiana finally agreed to conform with Dept. of Defense policy stating that state workers would be considered federal workers while enrolling same-sex couples for benefits. (Following the June 2013 Windsor ruling, the DoD had issued directives requiring state units of the National Guard to enroll the same-sex spouses of guard members in federal benefit programs. On 3 October 2013, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel publicly insisted on compliance.)
  • In an error-ridden opinion on 3 September 2014, Federal District Judge Martin Feldman upheld Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage. Feldman was the first federal judge to rule against same-sex marriage since the June 2013 SCOTUS decision in Windsor
  • There has been a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions from 2004 through 2014.
  • On 3 September 2014, Federal District Judge Martin Feldman upheld the Louisiana ban.
  • On 22 September 2014, state court Judge Edward Rubin ruled that Louisiana's ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional.

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