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Louisiana reacts to court's gay marriage decisions

3 years 6 months 4 weeks ago June 26, 2013 Jun 26, 2013 Wednesday, June 26 2013 June 26, 2013 5:01 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

BATON ROUGE - Supreme Court decisions wiping out part of a federal anti-gay marriage law and clearing the way for resumption of gay marriage in California were declared a victory by gay-rights activist in Louisiana.

"If you find that a problem in your marriage, then your marriage has more problems than you can imagine, this is a reaffirmation of the rights of us as individual citizens," said Joe Traigle, who's been with his partner for 20 years.

Same sex marriage is till banned in Louisiana, after voters overwhelmingly decided to keep marriage between a man and woman in 2004. 

Rep. Steve Scalise, author of the Louisiana Constitution's gay marriage ban is harshly critical of the decision affecting the federal Defense of Marriage Act, calling it "a low point in judicial activism."

Though, supporters think today's ruling gives a boost to those who'd like to repeal that amendment.

"I've been watching Facebook and Twitter all day, I've been talking to people about this for weeks and folks are energized in a way that they've never been before in this state, to repeal that amendment. People really want to work on this, this seems possible now in a way that it never used to," said Matthew Patterson with Equality Louisiana.

The state's attorney general said they will be reviewing the ruling to decide how it could affect Louisiana.

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