Bill to shorten divorce waiting period for couples with children moves to House floor
Posted on 4/18/2017 4:57:00 PM.

A proposal to shorten the waiting period to be granted a divorce for couples with children under the age of 18 moves to the House floor. Homer Representative Patrick Jefferson would reduce the waiting period from a year to six months. Jefferson says resolving a difficult situation sooner helps the kids.

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Bossier Parish couple honored as longest known married couple for third straight year
Posted on 2/14/2017 2:32:00 AM.

For the third straight year, a couple from Bossier Parish is the longest known married couple in the state. Louisiana Family Forum President Gene Mills says 103-year-old Lawrence Player and 97-year-old Varrie Player of Benton have been married 82 years and they celebrated the terrific accomplishment this past weekend with a cake.

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Louisiana Family Forum looking for this year's longest married couple
Posted on 1/25/2017 1:57:00 AM.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and the Louisiana Family Forum is once again searching for the state’s longest married couple to share their love story. President Gene Mills urges anyone who knows a couple married for longer than 70 years to contact their office.

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ACLU takes legal action for man denied benefits after his husband's death
Posted on 8/3/2016 4:33:00 AM.

A Louisiana man is fighting to receive survivor benefits after his husband died. Marjorie Esman with the ACLU of Louisiana says William Conley passed away in February of 2015, and his husband Gerald Beem has been trying to get social security benefits ever since.

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Supreme Court abortion ruling gets mixed responses from public
Posted on 6/28/2016 6:16:00 AM.

People on both sides of the Texas abortion Supreme Court ruling are sounding off on the issue. The ruling overturned a law that restricted women’s access to abortion clinics. That’s according to Executive Director of the National Organization for Women in Louisiana, Angela Adkins. She hopes this paves the way for the similar law in Louisiana to be struck down.

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Bill that creates legal framework for surrogacy heads to the House floor
Posted on 4/18/2016 5:46:00 PM.

Legislation that establishes a legal framework for surrogacy births is heading to the House floor. Under current law, a child born to a surrogate is considered the infant’s mother. Metairie Rep. Joseph Lopinto wants to change the law so the genetic parents are immediately the legal guardians of the child.

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Once again a Benton couple is recognized as Louisiana's Longest Known Married Couple
Posted on 2/12/2016 1:24:00 PM.

Louisiana’s Longest Know Married Couple of 2016 has been announced by the Louisiana Family Forum. For the second year in a row, Lawrence and Varrie Player have been the married the longest in Louisiana, tying the knot 81 years ago. LFF President Gene Mills says Lawrence is 101-years-old and Varrie is 97.

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Louisiana Family Forum searching for state's longest married couple
Posted on 1/20/2016 3:32:00 AM.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, the Louisiana Family Forum is searching for the state’s “Longest Married Couple” to share their story and commitment of marriage. President Gene Mills says it’s a great honor to meet these couples who have survived the test of time. He says it’s not every day you meet people together for 70 plus years…

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Planned Parenthood plans to rally outside governor's mansion
Posted on 8/20/2015 3:50:00 AM.

Planned Parenthood and its supporters will hold a rally this afternoon in front of the governor’s mansion to protest Governor Bobby Jindal’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood. Jindal ordered for the canceling of the Medicaid contract that the state has with the organization. Planned Parenthood’s Raegan Carter says the governor’s decision will make it harder for over 5-thousand low income Louisianans to receive high quality affordable healthcare.

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Supreme Court rules gays have the right to marry
Posted on 6/26/2015 11:16:00 AM.

Same sex couples across Louisiana are celebrating today's historic Supreme Court ruling that legalizes gay marriages in every state. Matthew Patterson, with Equality Louisiana, says it's hard to put into words what this decision means to gay and lesbian couples.

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