Louisiana reacts to court's gay marriage decisions

Louisiana reacts to court's gay marriage decisions

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: Members of the plaintiff team in the same sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court (L-R) Adam Umhoefer, executive director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, plaintiff Paul Katami, plaintiff Jeff Zarillo, attorney David Boies, plaintiff Kris Perry, plaintiff Sandy Stier and Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin wave from the court's steps after favorable rulings were issued June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Posted on June 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 26 at 12:48 PM

   NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Supreme Court decisions wiping out part of a federal anti-gay marriage law and clearing the way for resumption of gay marriage in California were celebrated by gay rights activists in Louisiana.
 
   SarahJane Brady, director of the Forum For Equality in New Orleans, acknowledged that the decision doesn't legalize gay marriage in Louisiana. Still, she called the action "a massive victory."
 
   The organization planned a celebration Wednesday in the French Quarter. Spokesman John Hill said members would meet with lawyers to determine how the action will affect Louisiana same-sex couples who wed in states where gay marriage is legal.
 
   Rep. Steve Scalise, author of the Louisiana Constitution's gay marriage ban is harshly critical of the decision affecting the federal Defense of Marriage Act, calling it "a low point in judicial activism."

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