08/13 - Gay in Louisiana
Does Louisiana’s current position on gay marriage affect its “quality of life” and threaten the recruitment of employers?
June’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act will allow some federal benefits for same-sex couples that were legally married elsewhere but live in Louisiana. Otherwise, the decision will have little immediate impact in the state. Louisiana passed a constitutional amendment in 2004 that defines marriage as between one man and one woman and denies the recognition of gay unions. In light of the High Court’s decision, could Louisiana’s Defense of Marriage amendment be challenged? Does Louisiana’s current position on gay marriage affect its “quality of life” and threaten the recruitment of employers to the state? And do legislative attempts to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays in Louisiana achieve equal protection or create special rights at the expense of another’s religious freedom? Louisiana Public Square pursues the answers to these questions and more when it explores the issues involved when you’re “Gay in Louisiana.”