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Louisiana senators won't rework marriage law, defer to court

3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago May 30, 2017 May 30, 2017 Tuesday, May 30 2017 May 30, 2017 12:25 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana senators have decided against rewriting a state marriage law that is temporarily blocked as part of an ongoing legal dispute, deferring to the courts.

A federal judge in March stopped enforcement of a 2016 law requiring people to produce a birth certificate to get a marriage license. The law kept a foreign-born U.S. citizen from getting a marriage license because he couldn't produce the document.

Republican Rep. Valarie Hodges, the law's sponsor, sought to tweak it with legislation that would allow foreign-born applicants to obtain a Louisiana marriage license without producing a birth certificate, by offering other documents.

The House overwhelmingly agreed to the change, but a Senate judiciary committee Tuesday narrowly rejected the proposal. Critics said the bill would meddle with ongoing litigation and doesn't address all concerns.

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