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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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