* String of gay marriage victories broken in Louisiana -- "A federal judge in Louisiana upheld that state's prohibition on gay marriage Wednesday and belittled a string of 20-plus federal court decisions striking down state bans as 'a pageant of empathy'."
I use Yahoo.com for e-mail, so I often check its home page for news items. Of late the site has followed every judicial decision against states laws banning homosexual with numerous articles. Unless I missed it, the above news was ignored by Yahoo News. Perhaps it did not fit their agenda? Here's a few excerpts from the USA Today article.
"Since the justices ruled in U.S. v. Windsor that the federal government must recognize legal gay marriages and provide appropriate benefits, no federal judge had upheld a statewide ban. Feldman not only did so — he cited both Windsor and the flurry of federal rulings that have followed for helping to make his case:
"• The Windsor decision, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, 'references an amorphous but alluring 'evolving understanding of the meaning of equality,'" Feldman said. Nevertheless, he noted, it upheld states' rights to regulate marriage.
"'Louisiana's laws and Constitution are directly related to achieving marriage's historically preeminent purpose of linking children to their biological parents,' he said."
"If states can't do that, Feldman said, they may not be able to prohibit marriage among minors, groups of people or members of the same family. After all, he said, 'all such unions would undeniably be equally committed to love and caring for one another.'"