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Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News
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NEWORLEANS-- A federal judge upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages Wednesday.

Judge Martin Feldman's ruling was a bombshell for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

He upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages, as well as the state's refusal to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states.

'It is the wrong decision for where we as a society are moving forward for equality for all people,' said Mary Griggs of the Forum for Equality in Louisiana.

Feldman wrote, 'There is simply no fundamental right, historically or traditionally, to same-sex marriage.' He also wrote that ruling in favor of same-sex marriage could open the door to 'marriage between aunt and niece, brother/brother, father and child.'

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins called Feldman's ruling a victory.

'The bottom line is this ruling is a victory for children, each of whom need and deserve a mom and a dad. It's something that our public policy should encourage, something I did back when I was in the Louisiana Legislature,' he said.

The Forum for Equality Louisiana, one of the plaintiffs in the case, said the ruling is on the wrong side of history.

The group points out roughly 20 other legal decisions throughout the country have ruled in favor of same-sex marriage.

'We got the notice this morning. We're obviously very disappointed. We plan to file a notice of appeal, promptly,' said Dalton Courson of the Forum for Equality in Louisiana.

Eyewitness News Legal Analyst Donald 'Chick' Foret says the whole issue is now expected to be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court.

'Today, definitely was a setback for the proponents of same-sex marriage, but it in no means was it fatal,' Foret said. 'It will ultimately be decided by the United States Supreme Court.'

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