US: District judge rules Louisiana gay marriage ban is unconstitutional
A district judge in the US state of Louisiana has ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
The ruling was made on Monday by District Judge Edward Rubin, and was in response to a lawsuit which was filed by a couple asking to have their marriage legally recognised in the state.
The couple married in California.
Despite the ruling not being displayed in public records until Tuesday morning, the Attorney General’s office has already announced that it will file an appeal against the ruling.
Same-sex marriages are currently not legal in Louisiana, and marriages performed elsewhere are not recognised there.
This new ruling comes after a US District court judge on 3 September ruled that the state had not violated the rights of six same-sex couples married out of state, in effect upholding the same-sex marriage ban.
According to the attorney for the couple who filed this lawsuit, their marriage is now recognised in Louisiana.