Judge blocks federal change of 'spouse' definition
BATON ROUGE - A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Thursday blocking a new federal regulation that would change the definition of "spouse" under the Family and Medical Leave Act, according to the Louisiana Attorney General's Office.
AG Buddy Caldwell sued the federal government over the change, which was set to take effect Friday.
"The preliminary injunction is a victory for Louisiana voters who have defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman," Caldwell said.
Caldwell argued the change would have infringed and pre-empted state law by requiring them to recognize same-sex unions from other states. A federal appeals court upheld Louisiana's laws banning same-sex marriage, and the Supreme Court is set to announce a decision in June regarding same-sex unions on the federal level.
Arkansas and Nebraska joined Louisiana's lawsuit as plaintiffs. The next hearing in the matter is set in U. S. District Court in Texas for April 13.