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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast, New Orleans, Louisiana

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast

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The Grand Victorian is a wonderful New Orleans gay friendly bed and breakfast located in the Garden District just minutes from the French Quarter. Designed and built in 1893 by famed New Orleans architect Thomas Sully, this gay friendly bed and breakfast in New Orleans has been lovingly restored to its former glory and decorated with period furnishings to welcome you to a majestic past with modern comforts and conveniences. The furniture in the house dates back to the turn-of-the-century, covering a span of about thirty years.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Belladeux Event Design, New Orleans, Louisiana

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Belladeux Event Design

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We are a full service wedding planner located in New Orleans, Louisiana. From an intimate elopement to a full blown wedding weekend, we’ve got you covered.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Darrow, Louisiana

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens

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Our historic gardens and Mansion are the perfect setting for the most beautiful weddings. Our Ballrooms are designed for receptions for 2 to 2000 guests. Houmas House is known as the most beautiful Gardens in the South, and our Inn offers 21 rooms for overnight stay.

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Analysis of the Fifth Circuit Hearings

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Fifth Circuit New OrleansThere are several great summaries out there about what happened yesterday at the Fifth Circuit, which heard marriage equality appeals from Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Among others, I recommend the summaries from Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade and Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed. I would like to go one step deeper. I have listened to the audio from the oral argument (as you can too, here). As with other oral arguments, I find the most insightful indication of how a judge is leaning is not the number of questions asked or to which lawyer he asks more, but the language and tone of those questions. I found that especially true with Judge Higginbotham (pictured, right) on Friday.

When analyzing oral arguments, I always caution that any connection between a judge’s questions and his or her ultimate decision is purely speculative. There are court-watchers who do studies about these things. But my reports on marriage equality hearings at the Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits, not to mention at the Supreme Court, suggest that we can draw conclusions. On all the metrics, it looks like marriage equality will win the day at the Fifth Circuit.

First, I will discuss those metrics. Then I will discuss where we go from here.

Questions Asked To Lawyers. This metric is based on the notion that appellate court judges tend to ask more questions to the side of the argument they are inclined to oppose. That makes some sense: you ask questions because you are skeptical. As a related point, the side peppered with more questions presumably has the tougher case to make, which makes it more likely to lose. Sometimes, a judge will lob a helping hand at a beleaguered attorney, but you can bracket those and come up with a simple analysis.

Authored By Ari Ezra Waldman – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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Fifth Circuit Marriage Equality Hearing Recap

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Fifth Circuit New Orleans

The Fifth Circuit took on marriage equality cases from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi yesterday, and things look promising:

Hearing Times: Louisiana’s case was heard at 9 a.m., followed by Mississippi at 10 a.m. and Texas at 11 a.m full story

Photos from Outside: The Dallas Voice has some photos as people gathered for the trial outside the courthouse. full story

No Protests: Despite predictions, no one should up to protest against marriage equality outside the hearings. full story

Swing Vote Skeptical: From the tone and questions during the Louisiana hearing, it appears that Judge Higginbotham, considered the swing vote, will likely strike down the ban. full story

Second Judge Also Skeptical: Judge James Graves, an Obama appointee, also expressed skepticism about Louisiana’s ban. full story

Third Judge Cites 40 Year Old Case: Judge Smith, during the hearings, tried to justify the bans based on Baker, a Supreme Court decision from 1971 that many legal experts say has become outdated. full story

Marriage Equality “Novel” and “Risky”: Louisiana’s case to uphold its ban came down to calling same sex marriage “novel” and “risky”. full story

Louisiana Oral Arguments: Joe.My.God has the oral arguments from the Louisiana hearing. full story

150 Rally for Marriage Equality: About 150 people braved sub-freezing temperatures in Dallas to demand the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals srike down the bans. full story

Now we wait for the rulings in the three states.

USA, Louisiana: US Supreme Court to Look at State’s Marriage Equality Case

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Louisiana mapThe US Supreme Court has decided to at least consider taking another marriage equality case.

Equality on Trial reports:

The Supreme Court, in a brief update to the docket page for the Louisiana marriage case Robicheaux v. George, has noted that the case will be taken up in its next conference, on January 9. The case is the only one involving marriage equality that is currently listed for that conference, but the Court has a few more opportunities to add the rest of the cases.

Interestingly, the Court will consider taking the case on the same day that the Fifth Circuit hears it.

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State Judge Strikes Down Louisiana Marriage Equality Ban

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Louisiana mapJust a few weeks after a federal judge upheld the marriage equality ban in Louisiana, a state judge has struck it down.

The Washington Blade reports:

Judge Edward Rubin of the 15th Judicial District Court made the decision on Monday in the courtroom in Lafayette, La., according to KATC. According to reports, the decision itself won’t be made public until Tuesday morning because it concerns the adoption of a child. It wasn’t clear at the time of this posting whether the ruling would take effect immediately, not whether the decision would affect the entire state, or the just the Lafayette region. Multiple media outlets reported the office of Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell confirmed the ruling and has already issued an appeal. The office of the state attorney general didn’t immediately respond to the Washington Blade’s request to comment.

So even in the one state where they had eked out a victory, marriage equality opponents can’t sustain a streak anymore.

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Baton Rouge Votes Down LGBT Rights Ordinance 8-4

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Louisiana mapAnother city has voted down an LGBT rights ordinance, to the probable delight of Tony Perkins.

WAFB reports:

The EBR Metro Council has voted against the controversial fairness ordinance by a vote of 8 to 4. Councilmembers John Delgado, Donna Collins-Lewis, Chandler Loupe, and C. Denise Marcelle all voted in favor of the ordinance. The ordinance would have made it illegal to discriminate against veterans, seniors and members of the gay, lesbian and transgender communities in Baton Rouge when it comes to employment, housing and public accommodations. The vote comes after public comments and opinions from both sides were shared at its July 22 meeting for more than three hours, but the council couldn’t vote due to time limits.

Once again, a reminder. It has nothing to do with concern over the word “marriage”. The opposition doesn’t think the LGBT community should have any rights.

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Louisiana Marriage Equality Ruling Due Shortly

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Louisiana mapA federal judge says he is ready to rule in the Louisiana marriage equality case.

On Top Magazine reports:

A federal judge has signaled he’s ready to rule on a challenge to Louisiana’s gay marriage ban… U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, who was nominated to the bench by Republican President Ronald Reagan, heard arguments in the case last month in New Orleans. Feldman has already stated that he wants to broaden the case’s scope to include whether gay couples should be allowed to wed in the state, saying it would be unfair to rule “piecemeal.”

Waiting breathlessly on Arizona and Louisiana…

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Louisiana Marriage Equality Poll Shows 55% Oppose It

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

titleA new poll shows opposition to marriage equality has dropped 8% in less than a year.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Voters in Louisiana remain strongly opposed to same-sex marriage but opposition continues to decline, according to the latest polling from Public Policy Polling. The poll released Tuesday finds that 55 percent of respondents said they opposed legalizing same-sex marriage in Louisiana, while 32 percent said they would support it. Last August, the same polling firm reported 63 percent of Louisiana respondents opposed same-sex marriage, a 12-point shift in favor of same-sex marriage over the past 11 months.

Of course, we also have an April showing only 47% opposition in the state, but that one always seemed like a bit of an outlier to me.

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