U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman has become the first federal judge to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage as 70 cases challenge the issue nation wide.
Judge Feldman is the first of 21 judges to decided marriage should be between a man and a woman only. In documents released today, Feldman defended his stance saying “it is not for this Court to resolve the wisdom of same-sex marriage… fundamental social change, in this instance, is better cultivated through democratic consensus.”
Judge Feldman also supported the idea of marriage being an institution for the purpose of procreation, saying “Louisiana’s laws and Constitution are directly related to achieving marriage’s historically preeminent purpose of linking children to their biological parents.”
But Feldman’s statements didn’t stop there. The judge also labeled sexual orientation as a “lifestyle choice.”
“This national same-sex marriage struggle animates a clash between convictions regarding the value of state decisions reached by way of the democratic process as contrasted with personal, genuine, and sincere lifestyle choices recognition.”
This ruling is likely to be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which will place it in line behind Utah, Virginia, and Oklahoma for same-sex marriage cases to be decided by the Supreme Court.
LA’s case is Robicheaux v. Caldwell, several couples who wish to be able to marry in their home state, or have their out-of-state marriages recognized locally. Forum for Equality Louisiana, a state-wide LGBT advocacy organization is also a plaintiff in the case.
“Today a federal district court put up a roadblock on a path constructed by twenty-one federal court rulings over the last year – a path that inevitably leads to nationwide marriage equality,” said Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Ultimately the nine justices of the Supreme Court of the United States will be asked to decide whether committed and loving gay and lesbian couples should be denied an institution that they, themselves, have deemed a constitutional right more than a dozen times. We firmly believe that justice will ultimately be done.”