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Gay marriage move may mean something for Louisiana

2 years 1 week 6 days ago October 07, 2014 Oct 7, 2014 Tuesday, October 07 2014 October 07, 2014 5:49 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

BATON ROUGE- After the Supreme Court decided not to hear cases on same-sex marriages where states struck down a ban, some people in Louisiana think the move may push the state closer to the edge of allowing gay marriage.

"That gives us a lot more hope than we've had so far, that more things are happening, and we see now that more states are opening up to marriage equality so that's encouraging," said Cass Felps, who married his husband nearly a year ago in a legal ceremony in Iowa.

Some legal experts think the decision to not hear cases may set a precedent for the Supreme Court if they do finally hear a case from Louisiana.

"I think the pressure is going to be on the fifth circuit to show how the presentation that the state of Louisiana is going to put on, or the state of Texas in the companion case, they're going to be hard pressed to say how is it any different than the last 20 or 30 decisions that came down," said Ken Upton, with the Lambda Law Firm, "It's the same thing over and over, and the court didn't find anything persuasive enough to intervene."

The Attorney General's office did not offer comment on the move by the Supreme Court, but did confirm the state has paid an attorney more than $200,000 this year to defend the same-sex marriage ban in Louisiana.

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