Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed:
A federal judge broke ranks on Wednesday, ruling that Louisiana's ban on same-sex couples' marriages is constitutional. The ruling, from U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman, is the first federal court ruling upholding a state's ban since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal law defining marriage as only including opposite-sex couples in 2012.
Louisiana has "a legitimate interest... in linking children to an intact family formed by their two biological parents," Judge Feldman wrote in his ruling. This is the line of reasoning that was laughed out of court last week when Wisconsin and Indiana attempted to make the same argument before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Preventing same-sex couples from marrying does not prompt opposite-sex couples to marry. If the state has an interest in "intact" families headed up by "two biological parents," it would make more sense—and come far closer to achieving the state's supposedly legitimate interest—if the state made pre-marital sex illegal, compelled straight men to marry the women they've impregnated, and banned divorce for straight couples with children.
Also: Louisiana allows gay people to adopt children. Same-sex couples can't adopt as couples, but a gay person can legally do a single-parent adoption and their partner can do a second-parent adoption. So the state of Louisiana makes gay people parents and then tells gay people that they can't marry because marriage is about linking children to their biological parents and only their biological parents. But Louisiana allows straight couples who adopt to legally marry because—and I don't wanna get technical here or bury you in legal jargon—the state is lying through its fucking teeth.
UPDATE: It looks like no one will be getting married in Louisiana in fifty years anyway—because there won't be a Louisiana in fifty years.