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Louisiana justices comment on SCOTUS same-sex marriage ruling

Louisiana justices comment on SCOTUS same-sex marriage ruling

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  Several Louisiana Supreme Court justices have slammed the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on same-sex marriage and the "horrific impact" they say the ruling will have, citing children as their rationale.

  In a case challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban and adoption rules, the Louisiana justices concurred with the Supreme Court, largely because they had to, and ruled the state's appeal moot. Some Louisiana justices nonetheless took the occasion to criticize the High Court's ruling, but not all were in agreement.

  Justice Jeff Hughes dissented in the Louisiana case, writing, "the most troubling prospect of same sex marriage is the adoption by same sex partners of a young child of the same sex" — though he didn't say why he is troubled by it. Justice Greg Guidry took issue with Hughes' views on same-sex adoption — and corrected Hughes by pointing out that the Louisiana case involves two women and their son.

  "The dissenting opinion appears to be unaware of the facts of the case before us, which involves the intra-family adoption of a boy by the female spouse of the boy's biological mother," Guidry wrote. His opinion added later, "In any event, the dissenting opinion cites no legal or scientific authority, nor does the record contain any evidence that would support its insinuation."

  Justice Jeanette Theriot Knoll wrote a two-page criticism of the Supreme Court, using some of the most biting language among the justices (whom she called "five lawyers"). Knoll said the ruling "is a complete and unnecessary insult" to Louisianans who voted a same-sex marriage ban into the state's constitution in 2004 by more than 77 percent of the vote.

  "While I have many friends in same-sex relationships, I respectfully would not bestow upon them legal rights of marriage as having a child of their physical union is literally impossible," Knoll wrote. "Having children may be accomplished through legal adoption or artificial means of reproduction but neither avenue requires marriage."

  On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states, overturning same-sex marriage bans and forcing state and federal agencies to recognize those marriages and their benefits.

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