Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Courts - Texas and Louisiana same sex marriage challenges
Two new AP stories so far this morning:
- Chris Tomlinson reports from Austin, Texas in a story headed "Judge to hear challenge of Texas' gay marriage ban ," that begins:
Two homosexual couples challenging Texas' ban on same-sex marriage will take their case to federal court on Wednesday in the wake of recent legal victories in two other conservative states.
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia is expected to decide whether to temporarily block the law, approved by voters in 2005, until a trial can be held in the couples' case. Similar lawsuits have been filed in 22 other states, but the Texas lawsuit is the first of its kind in the region covered by the southern and deeply conservative 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where the case will likely end up.
- An AP story headed "Louisiana gay marriage lawsuit planned," begins:
NEW ORLEANS — A gay rights group plans a legal challenge to the Louisiana Constitution's prohibition against recognizing same-sex marriages performed legally in other states.
The Forum for Equality Louisiana and four gay married couples have called a Wednesday news conference on the issue.
A draft of the group's planned lawsuit, obtained by The Associated Press, attacks the marriage recognition ban on several fronts.
For instance, it says state revenue department policy, based on the ban, essentially requires married same-sex couples who file joint federal tax returns to falsely claim they are single on state returns — a violation, the Forum says, of free speech.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 12, 2014 09:12 AM
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