Love Appeals

5h circut outsideToday, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the lawsuits filed against the States of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, challenging these states’ hateful and discriminatory bans on marriage equality.

In the Louisiana case, the Judges asked both sides very good questions and raised interesting issues concerning the nature of the right to marriage, and ultimately whether states may violate LGBT couples’ constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.

The Supreme Court of the United States will also consider the case Forum for Equality Louisiana filed together with seven brave and heroic couples today. Although we do not know what will happen with either the Fifth Circuit or the Supreme Court, I can’t stress how proud I was, sitting in that courtroom, listening to the incredible arguments made by Lambda Legal attorney Camilla Taylor.

I can tell you unequivocally that we had the stronger argument today, and you already know why – because Love is Appealing.

Although we do not know where the road will lead us next, I am so proud and thankful of our legal teams at Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C. and Lambda Legal, as well as Richard Perque and Scott Spivey. I also want to thank all of the plaintiffs who have put themselves out in the public eye, which is no small feat of bravery. The plaintiffs are putting themselves out there so that everyone in this great State can enjoy equality under the law and marry the person they love.

Lastly, I want to personally thank you – your support helped make this possible. We can look back at the strides we have made over these past twenty-five years, and in particular the past eighteen months, with immense pride.

Yours in Equality,

Signature Chris Otten

 

Chair-Elect and Legal Committee Chair, Forum for Equality Louisiana

PS – Regardless of how we get to marriage equality, we will continue to educate and fight throughout the state as we prepare for #MarriageAndMore. Please consider making a gift from the heart, whether that is $5 or $500, by clicking here now.

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About Forum For Equality

The Forum For Equality is a statewide human rights organization dedicated to the establishment of a society free from discrimination and to the support of good government. We believe that the fastest and most efficient way to achieve these goals is to educate our communities and to constructively participate in the political process.
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