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Caldwell, 14 other AGs file brief supporting same-sex marriage ban

4 years 2 weeks 5 days ago Thursday, April 02 2015 Apr 2, 2015 April 02, 2015 3:46 PM April 02, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell joined more than a dozen other states in asking the U. S. Supreme Court not to legalize same-sex marriage.

Attorneys general from 15 states filed an amicus brief calling on the Supreme Court to allow states to continue to have the authority to define marriage. The deadline to file briefs in the case was at the end of last week.

In the brief, Caldwell argued that if the authority were removed from the states it would "undermine the democratic process and marginalize the beliefs of millions of Americans."

"The people of Louisiana have always defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman, and they have the fundamental authority under the Constitution to do just that," Caldwell said.

Federal appeals courts struck down same-sex marriage bans in several different cases last year and early this year, legalizing same-sex marriage in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard arguments in January in an appeal to overturn same-sex bans in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi after a lower court judge upheld Louisiana's 2004 ban.

Caldwell was joined on the brief by the attorneys general of Texas, Utah, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and West Virginia. Eight of those states allow same-sex marriage, but argue each state's voters should decide the issue rather than the courts.

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling in the case in June.

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