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Bucking trend, federal judge upholds gay marriage ban in Louisiana
Bucking trend, federal judge upholds gay marriage ban in Louisiana

A federal judge in Louisiana threw a roadblock on what advocates thought would be an expressway toward establishing gay marriage as a fundamental national right, ruling that the state's ban on such unions was constitutional. In a 32-page decision released Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman also upheld Louisiana's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states. The ruling, which plaintiffs said would be appealed, marks the first such loss in federal court since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year. “Although opinions about same-sex marriage will understandably vary among the...

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