July 2, 2015 at 6:22 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Jindal caves on same-sex marriage in Louisiana

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Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) is recognizing same-sex marriages in Louisiana. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

After fighting to the furthest extent possible against the U.S. Supreme Court, the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal announced on Thursday it would begin to recognize same-sex marriages.

According to NOLA.com, Louisiana’s Department of Vital Records is now recognizing them after the federal district court that once upheld the marriage ban in the state reversed its decision and upon guidance from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Washington Blade confirmed with the agency the state will now recognize same-sex marriages.

“Today the Eastern District Court of Louisiana ordered the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples who complete a marriage application at the Department’s Office of Vital Records in Orleans Parish,” Olivia Hwang, spokesperson for the agency is quoted as saying.

Jindal, who’s running for the Republican nomination for president as a social conservative, has stalled on implementation of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage at every possible turn.

After the Supreme Court decision was handed down, he said his administration wouldn’t recognize same-sex marriages — including for tax purposes and other states benefits — until action from the Fifth Circuit, which was considering litigation directly challenging the state’s marriage ban.

But after the Fifth Circuit acted on Thursday, reversing the judgment of a district court that upheld Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage and remanding the litigation to the court, Jindal delayed implementation again, saying through a spokesperson the district court would have to issue judgment before the state would recognize same-sex marriage.

Only after U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman issued judgment in the litigation, Robicheaux v. Caldwell, did Jindal’s administration concede Louisiana was a marriage-equality state.

Kenneth Upton, senior counsel Lambda Legal and attorney for same-sex couples in the case, said Jindal dragged out implementation of the Supreme Court decision.

“While we wonder why Gov. Jindal insisted on dragging his feet in complying with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling and the subsequent very clear order from the Fifth Circuit, we are pleased for our clients and all same-sex couples in Louisiana that they will now be able to marry and have their marriages recognized by the state,” Upton said.

Jindal is facing litigation filed by American Civil Liberties Union over his religious freedom executive order allowing individuals to refuse to recognize same-sex marriage, including for the purposes of anti-LGBT discrimination. The governor signed the executive order after legislation along those lines failed in the legislature.

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23 Comments
  • Well I see he is going to hell.

    • If the stakes are as high as you say they are, isn’t your tribe divinely ordained to do whatever it takes to stop this?

    • Why? Because he is giving in to separation of church and state? The USA isn’t guided by any one religion. In fact, it was designed to not be guided by religion. That was kinda a big thing in the formation.

      He isn’t having gay sex. He isn’t forcing anyone to have gay sex. He already allowed marriage between divorcees and marriage between people who don’t follow your religion. Why would this be the thing that sends him to hell?

  • The state is forced to recognize this garbage, but ask the population to vote on it and you will see it be defeated by the masses for the filth that it is.

  • Caves? What did you want him todo, set up in the courthouse with the national guard behind him?

    • Well, George Wallace did as much when the Supreme Court order racial integration. Why would it be surprising? Isn’t Texas’s AG doing essentially that by saying people can refuse to issue marriage licenses based on their religious beliefs and that the state will use their resources to defend such people in court?

  • What a dick!

  • You feel better now that you got all that S hit out of your mouth, good, I’m not changed by you rant, but it does show me that we are raising a future country of cowards and IDIOTS, LIKE YOU!

  • It was always be considered gay marriage. Marriage is 1 man and 1 woman.

  • That’s a very sound smack down, and very reflective of what you must be harboring inside. You should seek professional help or just kill yourself, I’m sure no one would miss you.

    • No less than what you deserve! I don’t need help, I’m doing fine. The world will be a better place without you so take your own advice! Anyone with a Moniker like time bomb is reflective of what you are harboring inside which is sickness! I’m sure when you go, a lot of those that know you will sigh some relief!

      When can go on forever, so why don’t you just walk away with your tail between your legs! I’m sure you can find another place to spew your vomit. You seem stuck on me like dog dew on a shoe!

      • You just won’t give up, I sure wish I could find you so I could put a F ***ing bullet in your GD head.

        • But you can’t so suck it up and move on! No I won’t give up and that threat proves you are mentally ill. I should report you so they bar you from posting ever again. Your mindset will get you killed sooner or later. No doubt.

          You should put a bullet in your own GD head because you are a loser. Murderers like you deserve the electric chair! I know you’ve been in prison. Violence is your answer to everything. You haven’t the brains to win so you result to violence to do it.

          If you respond to me one more time with a similar threat, I will report you to the Blade and I’m sure they’ll put an end to your posting. I’ll put an end to you one way or the other.

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