Liberals Upset: Traditional Marriage Upheld By Federal Judge -- "To Bar Incest"
Federal judge in Louisiana has upheld the state's ban on gay marriage.
The liberal left pro-gay Talking Points Memo reports
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's ruling on Wednesday was the first defeat in a federal court for same-sex marriage since the Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that the U.S. government cannot deny equal benefits to married gay couples.
"The Court finds that defendants in this passionately charged national issue have the more persuasive argument. The State of Louisiana has a legitimate interest under a rational basis standard of review for addressing the meaning of marriage through the democratic process," Feldman wrote.
Feldman, who was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1983, argued that states have a right to ban gay marriage. He described the concept of same-sex marriage as "nonexistent and even inconceivable until very recently." He wrote, "Many states have democratically chosen to recognize same-sex marriage. But until recent years, it had no place at all in this nation's history and tradition."