BREAKING NEWS ~ Louisiana high court reinstates state marriage amendment Jeannie Shawl at 12:38 PM ET
[JURIST] AP is reporting that the Louisiana Supreme Court has reinstated the an amendment to the state's constitution that bans same-sex marriage.
12:53 PM ET - In a unanimous decision, the Louisiana Supreme Court [official website] has reinstated a state constitutional amendment [text, PDF] that would ban same-sex marriages and prevent the state from recognizing any legal status for common-law relationships, domestic partnerships or civil unions for all couples. The amendment, approved by voters last September [JURIST report], was struck down [JURIST report] for violating a provision in the Louisiana constitution [text] that an amendment should only cover one subject. The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that "each provision of the amendment is germane to the single object of defense of marriage and constitutes an element of the plan advanced to achieve this object," putting the amendment in the constitution. AP has more.
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