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Traditional Marriage Depends on Louisiana!

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Traditional Marriage Depends on Louisiana!

On Monday, October 6th, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals from five states seeking to preserve lawful bans on same-sex marriage. The Court’s decision does not legalize same-sex “marriage” nationwide, but does force the redefinition of marriage upon those five states and potentially other states in the 4th, 7th, and 10th circuits.

“Yesterday’s decision simply ups the ante’ on Louisiana’s two marriage cases – one pending in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the other pending in the Louisiana Supreme Court,” said Gene Mills, president of Louisiana Family Forum. “LFF holds that the people of any state – rather than unelected unaccountable federal court judges – should be making marriage policy decisions.”

Kyle Duncan, the attorney hired by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office to argue in support of the state’s same-sex marriage ban in Louisiana’s federal case and state case, said, “If courts out there start going the other direction … then you are going to have a real split in authority and more reason for the Supreme Court to step in.”

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Read the Louisiana Family Forum Family Facts!

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

The Louisiana Family Forum “Family Facts” is a weekly newsletter keeping you informed and up-to-date on state and national issues and events important to traditional family values.

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Experience the End of Week with Gene Mills!

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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The Louisiana Family Forum “End of Week with Gene Mills” is a weekly newsletter, from the desk of LFF’s President, keeping you informed and up-to-date on state and national issues and events important to traditional family values.

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Marriage Wins in Louisiana!

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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The People’s Vote on Marriage Wins in Louisiana!

Baton Rouge, La.- The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana today upheld Louisiana’s constitutional right to keep its traditional definition of marriage. Judge Martin L.C. Feldman ruled in Robicheaux, et al v. Caldwell, et al, that “[t]he State of Louisiana has a legitimate interest under a rational basis standard of review for addressing the meaning of marriage through the democratic process.”

 
Gene Mills, President of Louisiana Family Forum, applauded Judge Feldman’s ruling saying, “This ruling confirms that the people of Louisiana – not the federal courts – have the constitutional right to decide how marriage is defined in this state.”
 
Judge Feldman’s opinion asserts, “[t]he Court finds that Louisiana’s definition of marriage as between one man and one woman and the limitation on recognition of same-sex marriages permitted by law in other states found in Article XII, Section 15 of the Louisiana Constitution and article 3520(B) of the Louisiana Civil Code do not infringe the guarantees of the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the United States Constitution.” 
 
 “Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and his special counsel, Kyle Duncan and Mike Johnson, deserve our thanks and praise for a job well done,” Mills said.
 
“LFF is aware that this decision will likely be appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and finally resolved before the Supreme Court of the United States. It is our belief that this Louisiana legal team and their compelling argument should be “The Defining Case” that settles the question of whether a state has the right to define marriage as between one man and one woman, or whether the courts will take that right from the people,” Mills continued. 
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For Immediate Release: Religious Freedom Prevails

Monday, June 30th, 2014
Contact:  Gene Mills, President, Louisiana Family Forum
Phone:  225-344-8533
E-mail: info@lafamilyforum.org

For Immediate Release:  06/30/2014

Louisiana Family Forum praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling today, which upheld religious freedom and rights of conscience for family-owned businesses that object to providing sterilization, contraceptive services and drugs that induce abortions.

LFF President Gene Mills made the following comments:

“Today is a good day in America! The Supreme Court has delivered a substantial victory for religious freedom. We are thankful that the Supreme Court of the United States has agreed that the heavy hand of government went too far by mandating owners of family businesses to violate their consciences or face crippling government fines.

The HHS mandate gave family businesses two choices: violate deeply held religious beliefs by paying for abortifacient drugs and services or pay fines of $100 per day, per employee. Thankfully, the HHS mandate has been lifted, and the fundamental right to own and operate a business while honoring deeply held religious convictions was upheld.

America can be grateful that the Court has affirmed the constitutional right to exercise religious freedom and the right of conscience and that the government cannot impose laws that force business owners to violate those core beliefs.”

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Louisiana Family Forum is a statewide 501c3 non-profit organization represents traditional families and is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

www.lafamilyforum.org
800-606-6470


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For Immediate Release: The Defense of Marriage

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Contact:  Gene Mills, President, Louisiana Family Forum

Phone:  225-344-8533
E-mail: info@lafamilyforum.org

For Immediate Release:  06/25/2014

Federal District Court Judge Martin Feldman heard oral arguments in the case of Robicheaux, et al v. Caldwell, et al in a packed federal courtroom in New Orleans today. Plaintiffs claim that Louisiana’s marriage amendment discriminates against same–sex couples who wish to have their “marriages” from other states recognized in Louisiana.

The Honorable Judge Feldman questioned attorneys from both sides for over an hour. Feldman pleaded with plaintiffs to explain why a Federal court should overturn the will of the people from the sovereign state of Louisiana, as expressed in a democratic process.  In 2004, Louisiana voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution by a 78 percent vote, defining marriages in Louisiana to be exclusively between one man and one woman.

Judge Feldman and attorneys repeatedly cited the Windsor case decided by the United States Supreme Court last year. In Windsor, the Court ruled 5-4, deciding that defining marriage is uniquely a state objective and that the Federal government cannot interfere with the states prerogative to define marriage.

Attorneys Kyle Duncan and Mike Johnson were selected by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to represent the state of Louisiana and defend the state law on marriage.  Special Assistant Attorney Duncan commented after oral arguments today: “The State was pleased at how today’s hearing went. The court was clear that it will give fair and impartial consideration to these extremely serious issues, and that is all any litigant could ask.”

Gene Mills, President of Louisiana Family Forum, stated: “Judge Feldman conducted today’s proceedings in a fair and impartial manner while pressing the litigants to be mindful of the U.S. Constitution and the sovereignty of individual states. LFF is grateful for the service of both of the capable attorneys, Duncan and Johnson. We are cautiously optimistic that Judge Feldman will rely on the Constitutional right of states to define marriage and that Louisiana law will stand.”

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Louisiana Family Forum is a statewide 501c3 non-profit organization represents traditional families and is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Louisiana Family Forum Action is a statewide 501c4 organization.

www.lafamilyforum.org
800-606-6470


Questions or comments about LFF or LFFA? Contact us via email, phone or postal mail.

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