The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to hear an appeal of a September federal district court ruling upholding Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage. When the high court goes into a closed-door conference Jan. 9, it will decide whether to take up the case of Robicheaux v. Caldwell, a suit brought in Louisiana challenging the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman upheld the ban, saying the plaintiffs had not proved the ban violated equal protection or due process safeguards. Last week, the Supreme Court added similar cases from Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan and Ohio to the same conference. All those cases are from the 6th District Court of Appeals.
Also on Jan. 9, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to take up the Robicheaux case along with similar cases in Texas and Mississippi. A ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in that court would affect all three states.
Right now, same-sex marriage is legal in 35 states and the District of Columbia. A recent court ruling will add Florida to that list as of Jan. 6 after the Supreme Court refused to block the move. — KEVIN ALLMAN