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BATON ROUGE - Many advocates of same-sex marriage say it's a matter of justice, human rights, and in some cases, religious freedom. Physician Patrick Cain and college professor Tom Merrill are praying the federal court overturns the ban on same sex marriage.

"We're not going to go somewhere for the piece of paper, just to come back here and it's not even recognized," said Cain. Both men consider themselves spiritual so they want to have a big ceremony in a church.

"I mean after 22 years, certainly we deserve to celebrate," said Merrill. "Although at this point, at our age, i don't exactly expect our parents to pay for it," added Cain.

Friday Attorney General James Caldwell was in New Orleans defending Louisiana's 2004 ban on same-sex marriage. According to Caldwell, it's a matter of defending the will of the people.

However, Merrill disagrees. "If majority ruled, we'd still have slavery. So I don't think majority rule is a good example for basic human rights," said Merrill.

Some conservative pastors have raised concerns that if same-sex marriage is legalized, then they could be forced to marry gay couples. "Are they currently forced to marry anybody they don't want to?" asked Cain.

"I think that's the best argument for it. No pastor anywhere is forced to marry anyone," said Merrill.


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