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Louisiana ruling breaks pro-gay marriage streak

US judge upholds Louisiana ban on same-sex marriage, breaking streak in favor of gay weddings

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NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge's ruling upholding Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban went against the tide of other federal courts, and the judge himself acknowledges his is far from the final word.

In rejecting a challenge to the ban, U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman noted Wednesday that various courts of appeal, and ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court, will decide the issue.

Feldman's ruling included references to last year's Supreme Court decision striking down a federal ban on recognition of same-sex marriage in states where it is legal. That ruling, Feldman noted, included language outlining the states' historic authority to define marriage.

Gay marriage advocates plan an appeal, saying the ban violates due process and equal protection rights.

Gay marriage supporters had won more than 20 consecutive rulings overturning other states' bans.


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