"This has been such a long time coming, and I'm glad we're able to do this here," Welles said.
"After this (ruling), I honestly don't think there is anything left anyone can do. It's done." Feldman in September became the first federal judge to uphold a state ban on same-sex marriage in the months after the U.
Welles is in declining health because of kidney ailment, but said he and Beauregard still waited to get their license in New Orleans. Windsor, ending a streak of courtroom victories for gay rights advocates. Hodges struck down laws that blocked same-sex couples from marriage rights nationwide.
The couple have been together for 25 years, and hope to have their wedding ceremony today. The 5th Circuit heard arguments in January on challenges to marriage laws in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi, but had not issued a ruling because of the pending Supreme Court case. Smith ordered Feldman to reverse his ruling and enter a judgment in favor of seven same-sex couples that brought the suit against the state.
"Our counsel will shortly be moving for attorneys' fees, which the district court ruled it will award, and the more that Governor Jindal needlessly delays, the more this will cost the state." By Wednesday, Parish clerks across the state had all begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but state Department of Health and Hospitals issues marriage licenses in Orleans Parish.