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Louisiana Justice Would Ignore U.S. Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

"The most troubling prospect of same sex marriage is the adoption by same sex partners of a young child of the same sex," Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jefferson Hughes writes.

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Michael Robinson, left, and Earl Benjamin, partners for almost 14 years, exchange vows before Judge Paula Brown in a ceremony at Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Monday, June 29, 2015, in New Orleans.

On Tuesday, the Louisiana Supreme Court dismissed as moot a pending case about the rights of a same-sex couple married out of state because, the court ruled, the U.S. Supreme Court decision on marriage and marriage recognition "resolved" the matter:

The decision means that the California marriage of Angela Marie Costanza and Chastity Shanelle Brewer is to be respected in Louisiana, including for purposes of second-parent adoption.


At the other extreme, even Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll — who wrote the court's decision upholding the state's marriage ban a decade ago — acknowledged she was "constrained to follow" the U.S. Supreme Court ruling:

Neither Chief Justice Bernette Johnson nor Justice Marcus Clark weighed in with any written opinion on the matter.

Chris Geidner is a Supreme Court correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

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