Bossier Parish has begun issuing same sex marriage licenses today, according to the Clerk of Court’s office.
The decision comes after Louisiana was initially one of only two states, the other being Mississippi, to not begin issuing the licenses.
The Supreme Court ruled Friday, June 26 that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry. The historic decision declared the 14th Amendment requires all states to perform same-sex marriages and recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
The Louisiana attorney general’s office said it found nothing stating the ruling must take effect immediately.
However, Gov. Bobby Jindal said Sunday that Louisiana would comply with the SCOTUS ruling.
Jindal said the state was waiting on a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to reverse a previous ruling upholding traditional marriage and implement the high court’s ruling.
While appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this past weekend, the Republican presidential candidate said, “We don’t have a choice. Our agencies will comply with the court order.”
But that decision is not without reservations. Jindal issued a statement following the ruling, expressing his dismay at the Court’s decision.
“This decision will pave the way for an all out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree with this decision. This ruling must not be used as pretext by Washington to erode our right to religious liberty. Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that.”