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Same-sex marriage (SSM) in Louisiana

Part 4: 2015-JAN:
Federal case:
Comments after hearing of
Robicheaux v. Caldwell.
Public opinion poll on marriage equality.
Direct appeal to U.S. Supreme Court is rejected.

State case: Costanza v. Caldwell heard in
Louisiana Supreme Court.

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U.S. map with Louisiana highlighted 2015-JAN-09: Federal case: Comments by participants and observers after the hearing before the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals:

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2015-JAN-10: Crude public opinion poll:

The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans, LA, conducted a poll of its web site visitors. They received 837 responses:

  • 82% favored legalizing marriage for same-sex couples.
  • 13% favored Louisiana continuing the ban on same-sex marriage and on civil unions.
  • 5% favored Louisiana recognizing civil unions for same-sex couples and/or recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages.

Data from this poll is not of great statistical significance because those who voted were self-selected and probably do not represent the opinions of the general public. Times-Picayune commented that their poll:

"... is not a professional poll conducted with scientific sampling methods and defined margins of error." 2

Most of the comments posted by readers of the Times-Picayune poll article were in favor of marriage equality. Some typical comments are:

  • "Roberto333" posted: "Marriage is about Love.  Most heterosexuals equate being Gay to just sex.  If that is true then heterosexuals have a lot of sinning under their belts.  They've been performing  adultery, pedophilia and, incest long before the Gays...idiots."

  • "scotiabob" posted: "Louisiana should end this version of Southern stupidity before they waste any more money defending the undefendable. Allowing gay marriages would be a considerable boost for the state economy,  as well as allowing the gay citizens of Louisiana to finally live their lives without feeling like second class citizens."

  • "Crown-Royal" posted: "But Gawd, Jeebus, Holy Spirit, the Babble oops Bible, they'll burn in hades, it's all Satin, it's all the Dave-ul."

  • "jayda70072" posted: "... how about because its morally wrong, gross, and spiritually wrong, and gross, and I for one would like to teach my children better and they don't need to see this grotesque behavior!  if a little child knows this is wrong, then hello.....something is wrong!"

  • Jon Palmer responded: "No, if a little child THINKS same sex marriage is wrong, then hello.......something is wrong--- they are being taught bigotry and intolerance.  Basically, those children are being mentally abused. Be a good parent, Jayda.  DON'T abuse them by teaching them to be bigots." 2

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2015-JAN-09: Federal case: The U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeal:

On JAN-08, the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court met and decided to reject the appeal by the plaintiffs in the Robicheaux v. Caldwell same-sex marriage case from Louisiana. The plaintiffs had filed an appeal of the District Court's ruling before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling on the case.

The Justices met again on on JAN-16 and decided to accept appeals from four same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. Hearings are scheduled for late in 2015-APR. Their ruling should be issued in late June or early July. It is expected to harmonize same-sex marriages across the entire U.S. Most commentators expect that the high court will issue a ruling that legalizes marriages by same-sex couples in every state at that time. However, other options are quite possible.

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2015-JAN-29: State case: Oral arguments are heard before the Louisiana Supreme Court in case Costanza v. Caldwell:

Equality Case Files (EQCF) has uploaded a video of the testimony on You Tube:

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. "Louisiana gay marriage ban met with skepticism in appeals court," The Times-Picayune, 2015-JAN-10, at: http://www.nola.com/
  2. Andy Grimm, "What should happen to Louisiana's gay marriage ban? Take our reader poll,"The Times-Picayune, 2015-JAN-09. at: http://www.nola.com/
  3. "Costanza v. Caldwell Oral Argument," You Tube, 2015-JAN-29, at: http://youtu.be

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Originally published: 2015-JAN-11
Last updated 2015-FEB-28
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