After ruling, Louisiana gays hope to get marriage licenses

Within moments of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage, gays in New Orleans hoped to obtain marriage licenses soon.

John Hill, a spokesman for Forum for Equality Louisiana, was on the steps of the civil courthouse Friday morning waiting for gay couples expected to begin applying for marriage licenses immediately.

It was unclear whether clerks in New Orleans and other jurisdictions would be able to issue them.

Meanwhile, Louisiana’s governor, Bobby Jindal, now running for the White House, vowed to fight the court’s ruling.

The governor called gay marriage a “states’ rights” issue and he lambasted the Supreme Court as an “earthly court” undermining a definition of marriage established by God.

Religious conservatives like Jindal say court-ordered equality for same-sex couples amounts to an attack on religious beliefs.

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