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La. lawyers argue against gay marriage in fed court

4 years 9 months 5 days ago Friday, January 09 2015 Jan 9, 2015 January 09, 2015 9:55 AM January 09, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - The state of Louisiana has made its case against gay marriage to a federal appeals court in New Orleans.

Attorney Kyle Duncan, special counsel for the Louisiana attorney general's office, says same-sex weddings are a "novel perception" with unforeseen consequences, and states can and should decide whether to ban them. Duncan also told the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that America has only 10 years of experience with gay marriage, so states don't yet know what will happen if they are allowed.

Attorney Camilla Taylor with the Lamda Legal fund countered that society hasn't suffered and "nothing has changed" since gays and lesbians gained legal marriage rights in 36 states and Washington, D.C.

Louisiana was first to present arguments before the panel. Lawyers from Mississippi and Texas are up next.

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