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Gays file suit over marriage ban in Louisiana

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Posted: Feb 12, 2014 2:45 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Feb 12, 2014 3:30 PM
Source: WBRZ

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NEW ORLEANS- Four gay couples filed a lawsuit challenging Louisiana's constitutional ban on recognizing same-sex marriages legally performed outside of the state.

Wednesday, the Forum for Equality joined the couples and said "Louisiana singles out only same-sex marriages for unequal treatment, a violation of the constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process."

The organization argues the state's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages violates the US constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.

A New Orleans-based law firm filed the suit in U.S. District Court.

The conservative Louisiana Family Forum called the lawsuit "another attempt to usurp the will of the people in Louisiana," noting that the state Supreme Court unanimously upheld the state's ban in 2005 against a previous Forum for Equality lawsuit.

The couples are Jacqueline and Lauren Brettner, Nicholas Van Sickels and Andrew Bond, Henry Lambert and Carey Bond, and Havard Scott and Sergio March Prieto. You can read more about them HERE.
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