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Louisiana considers altering, killing marriage-license bill

3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 May 26, 2017 2:34 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers and lawmakers are ramping up efforts to alter or kill the Louisiana law that kept a foreign-born U.S. citizen from getting a marriage license because he couldn't produce a birth certificate.

A Senate committee is scheduled on Tuesday to hear a bill that would allow judges to waive the birth certificate requirement.

A federal judge temporarily blocked the law in March; earlier this week, lawyers for Viet Anh Vo asked the judge to permanently block it.

Vo's lawyer says the court effort will continue, regardless of the Legislature's actions.

Vo is a U.S. citizen but has no birth certificate because he was born in an Indonesian refugee camp after his parents fled Vietnam.

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