The Forum for Equality Louisiana applauds the unanimous decision of the U.S. 7th Circuit, Court of Appeals declaring same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana unconstitutional.
“At this point, 22 decisions around the nation have supported marriage equality, which makes us confident we will prevail in our appeal of the judge’s ruling in Louisiana,” said SarahJane Brady, executive director of the Forum for Equality Louisiana.
“The Louisiana decision by U.S. Judge Martin Feldman is the only federal court ruling that gay marriages can be ignored by state governments,” said Mary Griggs, chair of the Forum for Equality Louisiana. “We are beyond counting on all our fingers and toes.”
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, counsel for the Forum for Equality Louisiana, have already filed a notice of appeal to the 5th Circuit, Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
Chris Otten, Forum chair-elect and chair of its lawyer’s committee, noted that the arguments against same-sex marriage in Louisiana mirrored the arguments made by Wisconsin and Indiana.
“The 7th Circuit rejected the very arguments that Louisiana put forth in defending its same-sex marriage ban,” Otten said. “We agree that Louisiana families are better off when the state recognizes same-sex marriages, and we will continue fighting until we see that day.”
Otten pointed to key sentences in the 7th Circuit opinion written by Judge Richard Posner.
“More than unsupported conjecture that same-sex marriage will harm heterosexual marriage or children or any other valid and important interest of a state is necessary to justify discrimination on the base of sexual orientation,” Posner wrote. “As we have been at pains to explain, the grounds advanced by Indiana and Wisconsin for their discriminatory policies are not only conjectural, they are totally implausible.”