After ruling, Louisiana gays hope to get marriage licenses

After ruling, Louisiana gays hope to get marriage licenses

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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