NEW ORLEANS, La. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday scheduled oral arguments in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Texas and Louisiana.
The court set arguments for both cases to be heard during the week of January 5, 2015.
In the Louisiana case, U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman upheld the state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states. His Sept. 3 ruling was the first to uphold a state ban since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year.
In the Texas case, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia declared that state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The February ruling has been on hold pending appeal.
BREAKING: A bill aiming to protect religious organizations when they deny services related to a same-sex wedding was passed by a voice in a House subcommittee today. Submitted by Delegate Nicholas J. Freitas (top image right, R-30, Culpepper) proposed to shield any person from punishment from the state, civil or otherwise, if they deny services [...]