Federal appeals court defers to Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the judgment of the District Court Wednesday afternoon regarding same-sex marriage bans in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The court's ruling deferred to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states, agreeing with the appeal to reverses the district courts' ruling that denied marriage licenses for same-sex couples. It remands the appeals back to the lower courts for a final ruling.

The 5th Circuit's ruling means that Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas must recognize same-sex marriage.

Most of the parishes and counties in those states have already been issuing licenses.

"Our agencies will follow the Louisiana Constitution until the District Court orders us otherwise," said Mike Reed with Governor Bobby Jindal's Office.

"The state made it very clear that it would follow the Supreme Court decision once the 5th Circuit ruled." said Chris Otten, chair of the Forum for Equality Louisiana in a statement. "We call on Gov. Jindal and all state officials to honor the 5th Circuit's command that this law 'should not be taken lightly by actors within the jurisdiction of this court.' As such we would expect the state to begin immediately issuing licenses to same sex couples in Orleans Parish and for all state officials to comply with the law of the land."

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