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La. joins support of Indiana same-sex ban appeal

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Posted: Jul 25, 2014 5:07 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jul 25, 2014 6:30 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: gay marriage, louisiana, indiana, same sex marriage ban

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Attorney General's Office said they would join support for Indiana's appeal of a federal judge's ruling that found their state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

Louisiana AG Buddy Caldwell joined nine other state attorneys general to file an amicus brief in support of the appeal.

The brief argues that states should be able to determine whether or not same-sex marriage should be permitted. The group of attorneys general said the lower court's decision infringes on the state power to regulate domestic relations.

Ever since the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, same-sex marriage bans have been challenged and overturned in 20 different court cases in 17 states.

Louisiana joined state attorneys general from Colorado, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah in filing the brief. Several of those states are also appealing rulings that overturned their own bans, while Louisiana's state ban is currently before a federal judge.

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