Equality Louisiana, Inc., a nonprofit advocacy organization. Plaintiffs allege that Article XII, Section 15 of the LouisianaConstitution,
which defines marriage as between one man and onewoman, and article 3520(B) of the Louisiana Civil Code,
whichdenies recognition of same-sex marriages contracted in other statesas being against Louisiana's strong public policy, violate theirconstitutional rights to Equal Protection and Due Process.
Marriage in the state of Louisiana shall consistonly of the union of one man and one woman. Noofficial or court of the state of Louisiana shallconstrue this constitution or any state law torequire that marriage or the legal incidentsthereof be conferred upon any member of any unionother than the union of one man and one woman. Alegal status identical to or substantially similarto that of marriage for unmarried individuals shallnot be valid or recognized. No official or courtof the state of Louisiana shall recognize anymarriage contracted in any other jurisdiction whichis not the union of one man and one woman.La. Const. art. 12, § 15.
A purported marriage between persons of the samesex violates a strong public policy of the state of Louisiana and such a marriage contracted in anotherstate shall not be recognized in this state for anypurpose, including the assertion of any right orclaimas a result of the purported marriage.La. Civ. Code art. 3520(B).
Plaintiffs in Case Number 14-97 challenge Article XII,Section 15 of the Louisiana Constitution and Louisiana Civil Codearticle 3520(B). In their prayer for relief in their complaint,those plaintiffs mistakenly refer to Code article 3520(B)(1), whichdoes not exist, and to Article XII, Section 18 of the Constitution,but elsewhere in the complaint make clear that they mean Section15. Plaintiffs in Case Number 14-327 challenge "Article XII,Section 15 of the Louisiana Constitution, Article 3520(B) of the2
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