Yesterday, a federal judge in Louisiana ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in Louisiana is the first ruling in over a year to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage, and therefore to uphold discrimination. Judge Feldman’s court is also the only federal court to uphold a marriage ban since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Defense of Marriage Act last year.
In his ruling, Judge Feldman wrote, “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.”
While Judge Feldman’s ruling is certainly an upsetting setback for the LGBT community, particularly in Louisiana, the ruling underscores the necessity of a definitive Supreme Court ruling. Hopefully Judge Feldman will be the lone dissenting voice in history and quickly find himself on the wrong side of history.