Many in Shreveport hope for more LGBT rights

KMSS-TV
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 9:45pm

May people throughout the country, including in Shreveport support marriage equality for one simple reason; nobody tells them who they can and can't marry, so why should they do that for others. That's the case for Laura Katherine Jones, who says that marriage equality wouldn't have a make anybody's life harder, but it would make life easier for many others.

For Adrienne Critcher, a member of People Acting for Change and Equality, supporting the quest for equal rights has a more personal note. Her son is gay, and has a serious boyfriend. They live in California, where same sex marriage is legal.

Like many mothers, Critcher looks forward to being the proud mother of the groom. Marriage is very important to her family. She and her husband have been married for 43 years, and she wants her son to have as happy of a marriage.

That's possible in California; but if Critcher's son gets married and decides to move back to Shreveport, his marriage won't be recognized.

That's why earlier this month, Forum for Equality Louisiana filed a lawsuit asking that same sex married done in states where its legal be recognized in Louisiana. A similar lawsuit was filed in Kentucky, and Thursday afternoon, a federal judged ordered that Kentucky must recognize same sex marriages from other states.

This decision comes on the back of another decision made by a federal judge in Texas, saying that the state's ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional.

This gives Critcher and other equal rights supporters hope that equality will come to Louisiana. They aren't sure when exactly it will happen, but they are sure that eventually, everybody will have equal rights when it comes to marriage.

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