It’s over. It has to be, right? After Governor Jindal announced on Sunday that the state would comply with the Fifth Circuit, and it ruled last night … he then moved the goalpost. He instead said he would then comply with the district court’s judgment, which was filed this morning and couldn’t be more “crystal clear,” to use the words of the state’s contracted attorney. You can read the opinion here.
The Fifth Circuit and the District Court both spoke clearly and unequivocally: these political shenanigans must cease and desist immediately. Our counsel will shortly be moving for attorneys’ fees, which the district court ruled it will award, and the more that Governor Jindal needlessly delays, the more this will cost the state.
With all of that, I am so very pleased that Governor Jindal’s continued attempts at scoring points with voters in Iowa were met with a deafening silence by state officials, as Clerks of Court across the state continued to implement and comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling. The clerks, not Governor Jindal, show the true spirit of Louisiana.
We are so happy to begin our celebration of the Independence Day weekend by celebrating our independence from discriminatory marriage laws. We have so much more to do to achieve a full state of equality, but you should be proud of all that we’ve accomplished as you celebrate this weekend.
Yours in Equality,
Executive Director, Forum for Equality