Louisiana Survey finds most residents oppose same-sex marriages & support Confederate monuments
Posted on 4/18/2016 3:55:00 PM.

The Louisiana Survey finds 53% of residents surveyed are still opposed to same-sex marriages even after last year’s historic Supreme Court ruling. Director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab Michael Henderson says this percentage has decreased over the past three years. He says the survey also found 52% support religious freedom laws.

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Will Supreme Court ruling lead to churches being sued?
Posted on 6/30/2015 4:06:00 AM.
There is some concern that the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in the United States could potentially lead to lawsuits against churches.  Louisiana Baptist Convention President Steve Horn says it's his understanding that the ruling gives protection to churches and pastors.  
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Refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples could lead to lawsuits
Posted on 6/29/2015 10:56:00 AM.
Louisiana clerks of court who turn away gay couples seeking a marriage license could face lawsuits for refusing to do so.  Chairman of the Forum for Equality, Chris Otten, says they have sent a letter to the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association putting them on notice.
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Louisiana fights Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage
Posted on 6/27/2015 3:26:00 AM.
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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Clerks of Court delay issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples
Posted on 6/26/2015 11:43:00 AM.
On the heels of the Supreme Court's landmark decision legalizing same-sex marriage, Clerks of Court offices in Louisiana are initially holding off issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.  Louisiana Clerks of Court Association Executive Director Debbie Hudnall says they will not issue licenses until the Supreme Court challenge period is over.
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Louisiana's support of legalizing same-sex marriage lags behind the nation
Posted on 4/7/2015 10:47:00 AM.
A recent LSU Public Policy Research Lab poll finds support for legally recognized same-sex marriage in Louisiana lags well behind the national average, but the gap between supporters and opponents is shrinking.  Director Michael Henderson says national support for same-sex marriage is between 55- and 60-percent.

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Jindal talks religious freedom on NBC's Meet The Press
Posted on 4/6/2015 10:15:00 AM.
Governor Bobby Jindal made an appearance on NBC's Meet The Press to talk about the religious freedom debate that's created a national controversy in recent weeks.  Bossier City Representative Mike Johnson has filed a religious freedom bill in Louisiana.  

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5th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear arguments on same-sex marriage ban
Posted on 1/9/2015 3:57:00 AM.
Today the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear three cases regarding same-sex marriage bans in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi.  In September, Federal Judge Martin Feldman upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage, which forced supporters to appeal to the 5th Circuit.

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Louisiana wants Supreme Court to hear appeal of gay marriage ban
Posted on 12/4/2014 12:52:00 PM.
Louisiana has petitioned the US Supreme Court to hear an appeal of Louisiana's ban on gay marriage before a federal appeals court rules.  Special counsel Kyle Duncan filed the request this week.  

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Study finds allowing same-sex marriage in Louisiana would mean $28 million dollar boost to economy
Posted on 10/15/2014 5:08:00 AM.
Michelle Southern.
According to a study by the Williams Institute at the University of California in Los Angeles, if same-sex couples were allowed to marry in Louisiana, it would mean an economic boost of over $28 million to the state over three years. 
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