After ruling, Louisiana gays hope to get marriage licenses
NEW ORLEANS - Within moments of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage, gays in New Orleans hoped to obtain marriage licenses soon.
John Hill, a spokesman for Forum for Equality Louisiana, was on the steps of the civil courthouse Friday morning waiting for gay couples expected to begin applying for marriage licenses immediately.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court said they were advised by the state Clerk of Courts Association not to issue same-sex marriage licenses until the 25-day period for challenges to the Supreme Court's order has passed. However, the clerk's office said they are working to update all their forms and procedures so they can issue such marriage licenses.
"We intend to follow the letter of the law," the clerk's office said.
Meanwhile, Louisiana's governor, Bobby Jindal, now running for the White House, vowed to fight the court's ruling.
The governor called gay marriage a "states' rights" issue and he lambasted the Supreme Court as an "earthly court" undermining a definition of marriage established by God.
Religious conservatives like Jindal say court-ordered equality for same-sex couples amounts to an attack on religious beliefs.