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After ruling, Louisiana gays hope to get marriage licenses

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The first couple in line for marriage license in New Orleans (photo via Katherine Sayre, Nola.com/The Times Picayune) The first couple in line for marriage license in New Orleans (photo via Katherine Sayre, Nola.com/The Times Picayune)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Within moments of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage, gays and lesbians in Louisiana hope to begin obtaining marriage licenses soon - perhaps even by the end of the day - in a Deep South state where political leaders often speak out against homosexuals.

A gay couple in New Orleans, Michael Robinson and Earl Benjamin, are working today with officials on obtaining a license. Elsewhere, gay couples in Lafayette also had requested licenses.

Debbie Hudnall, executive director of the Louisiana Clerks Association, told The Associated Press they were advised by attorneys that Rule 44 of the U.S. Supreme Court allows a 25-day period for a rehearing and they should wait for that to elapse before issuing licenses.

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