Red River Parish may be last same-sex marriage license holdout
NEW ORLEANS - A northwest Louisiana parish may be the last one not granting marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
Red River Parish Clerk of Court Stuart Shaw says in an emailed statement that he's waiting for final word on a federal appeals court ruling in a Louisiana case.
Shaw also says in the statement that his beliefs as a Christian may keep him from issuing a same-sex marriage licenses.
But he said Wednesday that deputies who don't share those beliefs can issue them.
The statement written Tuesday says his office will accommodate all requests and will show "utmost dignity and respect" to everyone.
Meanwhile, people can go to other parishes for same-sex marriage licenses. Those bought in any parish are valid statewide.
Iberville Parish issued its first ever same-sex marriage license shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday.