La. Clerk of Court’s Office: same-sex marriage licenses will not be issued immediately

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) –

The clerks of court in Louisiana will not be issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples until all “legal necessities are in place.”

 The East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court’s office said its attorneys and the legal counsel of the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association is advising it and clerks offices across the state on how to proceed.

There is a 25-day rehearing period for Supreme Court decisions.

A statement from the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court’s Office says:

On advice of our legal counsel and the legal counsel of the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association, our statewide group, the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court’s Office will not be issuing same-sex marriage licenses until the period for Supreme Court rehearing has elapsed and all other legal necessities are in place.

We are working with the State Vital Records Office to have any update in forms and procedures in place for the issuance of same-sex licenses. We intend to follow the letter of the law to the best of our abilities and will make updates available as we have them.

Clerk of Court Doug Welborn said his team is working with the Louisiana Vital Records Office to update all forms and procedures for the issuance of same-sex licenses. The statement is being provided at every clerk’s office in the state.

He added his office intends to follow the letter of the law to the best of its abilities and will provide additional updates when they become available.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell issued the following statement [Friday] in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges:

“This Supreme Court decision overturns the will of the people of Louisiana, and it takes away a right that should have been left to the states. Louisiana voters decided overwhelmingly to place in our constitution an amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. I fought to uphold Louisiana’s definition of traditional marriage, and I was the first attorney general in the nation to be successful at the federal court level.

“I am extremely disappointed by this decision. It fails to respect traditional marriage as defined by Louisiana voters, and is yet another example of the federal government intrusion into what should be a state issue.”

In addition, the Attorney General’s Office said that it has found nothing in [Friday’s] decision that makes the Court’s order effective immediately. Therefore, there is not yet a legal requirement for officials to issue marriage licenses or perform marriages for same-sex couples in Louisiana. The Attorney General’s Office will be watching for the Court to issue a mandate or order making [Friday’s] decision final and effective and will issue a statement when that occurs.

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