Multiple parishes issuing same-sex licenses
More than half of the Louisiana parishes began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Monday afternoon, after officials initially advised them to hold off for nearly a month.
Jefferson Parish issued the state's first license Monday morning to a couple who work at that parish clerk's office, Celeste Autin and Alesia LeBoeuf. Clerk Jon Gegenheimer said he made his decision to issue the licenses after receiving advice from their attorney.
East Baton Rouge Parish followed suit at 1 p.m. Clerk Doug Welburn said they are aware of the large gay and lesbian community in the parish, and the first such license was being issued just before 2 p.m. East Baton Rouge issued a total of six licenses Monday by close of business.
Amanda Cannon and Jami Moore were overwhlemed with emotion as they went to get their marriage license Monday afternoon.
"It's an amazing feeling all at the same time. There is like a million emotions running through my whole body at the same time. It's crazy." Cannon said.
Ascension Parish also began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday afternoon.They have issued two licenses so far. The Tangipahoa Parish clerk said they've been working to change their forms in the computer system so they no longer only list "Mr." and "Mrs."
Kayla and Ashley Bourgeois already held a committment ceremony. Now they are planning their legal wedding for July 2015.
""You know love is love I mean you know it's a good thing. Love is a good thing a very good thing." Ashley Bourgeois said.
A total of 34 parishes are currently issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Here is a list of the parished
- East Baton Rouge
- St. James
- St. Charles
- St. Martin
- Pointe Coupee
- St. Landry
- West Carroll
- Jefferson Davis
- West Feliciana
- East Feliciana
Still no word on whether West Baton Rouge Parish and Livingston Parish are issuing the licenses.
The U. S. Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision Friday that same-sex unions were legal and must be recognized by all 50 states. The Louisiana Clerks of Court Association advised Friday that offices should hold off until either the 25-day rehearing period for the Supreme Court's decision passes or a new order from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is handed down.
Governor Bobby Jindal blasted the decision and made a comment that the high court should perhaps be done away with. Jindal did say over the weekend that Louisiana had "no choice" but to comply with the high court's decision.