Same-Sex Marriage Ban Goes Before Appeals Court

A week that began with gay couples marrying in Florida is ending with a court-room showdown involving the gay marriage ban. The state will defend its ban tomorrow in New Orleans at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. News 88.7 Health and Science reporter Carrie Feibel is in New Orleans and explains what to expect.


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The court will spend tomorrow morning hearing appeals from three states: Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Federal judges in Texas and Mississippi struck down bans on gay marriage in those states, but in Louisiana a judge ruled the gay marriage ban was okay.

Two couples are represented in the Texas lawsuit. The men live in Plano and sued after trying and failing to get a marriage license from the county clerk in San Antonio, where their lawyers have an office. The women live in Austin and have already married in Massachusetts. But they want more legal rights as a family in Texas and are expecting a second child in March.

Texas is now the largest state with a gay marriage ban — gay couples can now marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

Follow this story online and on 88.7 FM tomorrow morning as the oral arguments get underway in New Orleans.


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