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Louisiana marriage law rewrite wins passage, amid lawsuit

4 months 1 week 4 days ago Thursday, June 08 2017 Jun 8, 2017 June 08, 2017 4:26 PM June 08, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to add an exception to a law requiring people to produce a birth certificate to get a marriage license.

A federal judge in March stopped enforcement of the 2016 statute after a foreign-born U.S. citizen sued because he was unable to produce the birth document and obtain a marriage license.

Language added into the bill by Rep. Jerome "Zee" Zeringue, a Houma Republican, would allow applicants who aren't able to provide a birth certificate to get a waiver from a judge.

The proposal was approved in an 84-8 House vote and a 33-0 Senate vote on Thursday, and heads to the governor for consideration.

Sen. Danny Martiny, a Kenner Republican, says he hopes the adjusted language can resolve the litigation. 

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