Press Room

October 04, 2004

Category: Civil Unions

HRC: Louisiana Ruling Highlights Underlying Intentions of Discriminatory Amendments

'This is an important ruling for fairness,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques made the following statement on today's ruling by an elected Louisiana judge throwing out a constitutional amendment that denies marriage rights and all other legal protections to same-sex couples.

"This is an important ruling for fairness. Judge Morvant's action today keeps discrimination out of the Louisiana Constitution. These amendments deny American families basic rights, responsibilities and protections. They are a political attempt to use some families as a wedge in the upcoming elections and would deny couples the most basic legal protections to care for one another. Americans don't support discrimination, especially when it's used for political purposes."

The amendment passed by a voter initiative on Sept. 18. The Louisiana Constitution provides that proposed amendments must be confined to one purpose. According to the Associated Press, Judge William Morvant ruled that the amendment, which was drawn up by the Legislature, was flawed because it would have banned civil unions in addition to marriage - and thus had two purposes in violation of the Louisiana Constitution.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.