Marriage matters. Gay and lesbian couples get married to make a commitment to the person they love as well as to protect their families. NPR’s recent story “Gay Marriage Battle Moves South, And Religious Right Fights Back” highlights the battles that we are starting here in Louisiana and across the deep South.
“For us it’s about our daughter,” says Nick Van Sickels, a New Orleans doctor. He and his husband, Andrew Bond, a teacher, were legally married in Washington, D.C. They adopted a baby girl, but only Van Sickels is listed as her father on the birth certificate. In Louisiana, Bond has no parental rights.
We invite you to meet the plaintiffs here and learn more about their stories.
Louisiana marriage laws provide a safety net of legal and economic protections for married couples and their children, and those laws should be applied equally and fairly to all. Forum for Equality et al vs. Barfield argues in part that Louisiana’s failure to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states violates the US constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.
From Shreveport to New Orleans, through the courts and legislature, stand with us as we work to fight against the unjust laws of this state.
With Equality for All,
SarahJane E. Brady
Executive Director, Forum for Equality Louisiana