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Hearing on gay marriage in La. set for Wednesday morning

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge is set to hear arguments on whether Louisiana must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.

Wednesday morning's 10 a.m. hearing before U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman deals with lawsuits filed earlier this year by gay married couples. Those couples say Louisiana violates their rights to equal protection and due process by refusing to give them the rights of opposite-sex married couples.

The state and opponents of gay marriage want Feldman to reject the suits. They argue that each state has the right to define marriage in its own way.

Lawyers on both sides of the issue cite parts of a Supreme Court decision last year that said legally married gay couples are entitled to the same federal benefits available to opposite-sex couples.

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