In a decision that could bring cheers for a homosexual couple in Louisiana who have been struggling to get their union recognized by the state authorities, district Judge Edward Rubin on Monday ruled that the ban on same-sex marriages in the state is ‘unconstitutional’.
In their lawsuit, the homosexual couple Chasity Shanelle Brewer and Angela Marie Costanza pleaded the court to make their marriage certificate, obtained in California, recognized by the state.
Louisiana’s ban on the same-sex or gay marriages does not recognize marriage certificates obtained from other states.
The district judge’s decision in a Lafayette courtroom will not be made public record until Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, the office of state Attorney General has confirmed that it has initiated an appeal.
Joshua Guillory, the couple’s attorney, rejoiced the ruling and said that this will allow their union to be recognized as legal in Louisiana. Guillory further said that the couple would now be able to assess all the rights that other marriages receive.
A report by The Advertiser said that the same judge had earlier passed a ruling in favor of a lawsuit by the couple regarding Brewer’s nine-year-old child in February this year. But Costanza was never recognized as the child’s second parent until the recent ruling by Rubin.