Louisiana: Marriage Barrier Falls

3 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Federal judge to Louisiana: Make gay marriage changes now.

The state must let same-sex couples marry and file joint income tax returns, and must put both parents’ names on their children’s birth certificates, Judge Martin Feldman of Federal District Court ruled Thursday. In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, county clerks across the country with religious objections have found themselves at the forefront of a political battle. His order throwing out his earlier decision upholding state laws against same-sex marriage was largely procedural, since the United States Supreme Court ruled last week that marriage is a fundamental right under the Constitution. Although most parish clerks of court had been selling same-sex marriage licenses since Monday, the state Office of Vital Records, which sells most marriage licenses in New Orleans, didn’t do so until Thursday. In a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times shortly before he closed his office Thursday ahead of the July 4 holiday, Davis explained his opposition to same-sex marriage and and offered a possible solution that would recognize religious rights while still providing licenses.

Taxpayers in Louisiana can amend state returns within three years of the filing deadline for the original tax return or two years from the tax payment, whichever is later. If the federal government, state government, local government would be logical in their thinking, they really have no right to anything to do with marriage.

People changing their names need to bring in their certified marriage license and proof that they’ve changed the name in Social Security records, he said. The suit was filed on behalf of two straight couples and two gay couples, the AP reported.) My plea to the people who want me out and gone is this: Let democracy do what its designed to do. What’s going on in the nation is to me something I have to take care of here, and if I don’t take care of here, I can’t look my children in the eye anymore.

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