Andrew Vanacore / The New Orleans Advocate
NEW ORLEANS -- Same-sex couples hoping to have their marriages from other states recognized in Louisiana will go before a federal judge this week confident that the U.S. Supreme Court has already vindicated their argument. And the lawyers defending Louisiana’s ban on gay marriage will feel exactly the same way.
As with nearly identical cases working their way through other courtrooms across the country, the future of legal rights for same-sex couples in this state will come down to how a judge chooses to interpret the Supreme Court’s decision last year in United States v. Windsor, which required the federal government to recognize gay marriages performed in states where those marriages are allowed.
Six Louisiana couples will argue that the Supreme Court’s decision means Louisiana must recognize their marriages from other states, just as the federal government now does.