State judge finds gay marriage ban unconstitutional
LAFAYETTE- A state district judge ruled the Louisiana ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional Monday.
Judge Edward Rubin's ruling comes not long after a federal judge in New Orleans ruled against the matter in an unrelated case.
KATC.com, WBRZ's news partner in the Acadiana region of Louisiana, reported the ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by Angela Marie Costanza and Chasity Shanelle Brewer asking that the state recognize their marriage certificate. The couple wed in California.
Louisiana currently does not recognize marriage certificates from other states and the September 3 decision by U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman upholds that position.
But, the couple's attorney believes Judge Rubin's decision Monday makes Costanza and Brewer's marriage legal in Louisiana, affording them all rights that other marriages receive.
The state Attorney General's Office plans to appeal the ruling.
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