Federal Judge Upholds State’s Right to Define Marriage as Between a Man & Woman

In September, Federal Judge Martin L. C. Feldman upheld the State of Louisiana’s authority to define marriage as between a man and a woman. This ruling came after 78% of voters determined to define marriage to that effect in 2004. But is that enough?

Judge Feldman believes that the people of Louisiana have a basis for defining marriage as the union of a man and woman. He wrote:

Louisiana’s laws and Constitution are directly related to achieving marriage’s historically preeminent purpose of linking children to their biological parents. Louisiana’s regime pays respect to the democratic process; to vigorous debate….The fact that marriage has many differing, even perhaps unproved dimensions, does not render Louisiana’s decision irrational.

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