Despite a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, Louisiana is still not recognizing same-sex marriages. The Jindal Administration has said they are waiting on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on a case involving Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban. Loyola University law professor Dane Ciolino says the state is fighting an uphill battle.
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"It's really just a matter of days before lower federal courts will ultimately order Louisiana to recognize gay marriages and to start issuing marriage licenses," Ciolino says.
The Louisiana Clerks of Court Association say they are waiting for a 25-day period to end where Supreme Court rulings can be challenged. State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is advising city and parish clerks to also wait before issuing marriage licenses. Ciolino says this statement sends the message Louisiana intends to fight the federal government over a civil rights issue.
"Why the attorney general has decided to pick this highly technical battle is, perhaps, baffling," Ciolino says.
Ciolino says the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will move forward with its case on gay marriage. The ruling by the appeals court will mostly be a formality and Ciolino says the state won't have to wait long for its decision.
"And I would expect that's going to happen in a matter of days or weeks," he says.