Four same-sex couples who have been married in other states filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday morning in New Orleans that challenges Louisiana’s ban on same sex marriage.
The lawsuit was filed by the Forum for Equality and claims that the state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.
KTBS News reports, “A Shreveport lawyer and his partner are one of four Shreveport couples challenging Louisiana’s constitution that prohibits same-sex marriages. The announcement, organized by the Forum for Equality Louisiana, was made Wednesday morning in New Orleans.”
According to Sarah Jane Brady, Executive Director at the Forum for Equality, “In light of the recent historic US Supreme Court decision, Forum for Equality created a Marriage Equality Committee. We are currently exploring possible litigation to establish marriage equality here in Louisiana…The same-sex marriage ban in Louisiana goes beyond simply denying same-sex couples the right to get married. It fundamentally affects the lives of couples and their families. In the most serious of ways, Louisiana’s refusal to recognize same-sex married couples’ rights is not just a matter of individual concern, but also a matter of human rights.”