Extreme LA anti-gay marriage amendment ruled constitutional
Another state falls. The Louisiana super-DOMA has been ruled constitutional by the state Supreme Court. This amendment, which was passed last September, not only defined marriage as between one man and one woman, but also “pecifically prohibits recognition of same-sex “marriages” from another jurisdiction as well as any legal arrangement “identical” or “substantially similar” to marriage.” So it’s no to civil unions, and yet another state goes for the Virginia/Ohio severe slap-down of gay rights. It’s not clear whether this affects private businesses and their ability to provide same-sex spousal equivalent benefits. The sad thing is 78% of voters cast a ballot in favor of this bigoted law. Here’s the take by the wingnut American Family Association:
The lower court had ruled the amendment unconstitutional because it violated the single-subject rule, which prohibits submission of an issue before the people on more than one subject. In this case, the judge found the Louisiana amendment addressed both marriage and civil unions. The Louisiana Supreme Court disagreed, however, holding that the amendment addressed only the issue of marriage, and that inclusion of the language banning civil unions was simply “an element of the plan advanced to achieve this object.”
“This is a tremendous victory for the family,” said Stephen M. Crampton, Chief Counsel of the AFA Center for Law & Policy, which has been involved in drafting and defending similar amendments. “For too long, efforts to protect the family have been thwarted by activist judges. We applaud the Louisiana court for deferring to the will of the people,” added Crampton.