New Orleans, LA, United States (4E) – A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that a same-sex marriage ban in Louisiana should stay saying traditional marriage between a man and a woman is not irrational under the constitution.
The decision of Judge Martin Feldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana made him the first federal judge to uphold a state ban on marriage as his likes in other states struck down such bans for being unconstitutional.
“Louisiana’s laws and constitution are directly related to achieving marriage’s historically preeminent purpose of linking children to their biological parents,” Feldman said in his 32-page decision, according to ABC News. “The court is persuaded that a meaning of what is marriage that has endured in history for thousands of years, and prevails in a majority of states today, is not universally irrational on the constitutional grid.”
Feldman based his decision on the Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor that struck down a federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
The ruling elicited criticism and support.
Progressive group ThinkProgress condemned the ruling with its leader, Ian Millhiser saying the Louisiana court is the only one standing up against same-sex marriage when other federal courts sided against marriage discrimination.
The conservative Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) praised Feldman’s ruling.
“The people of Louisiana – and the people of every state – should continue to have the authority to affirm marriage as the union of a man and a woman in their laws,” said ADF president Byron Banione, according to ABC News. “The district court in this case was right to conclude, as the U.S. Supreme Court did in its Windsor decision last year, that marriage law is the business of the states.”