Louisiana

Relationships

NO
Does the state allow same-sex couples to marry?
NO
Does the state recognize marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions?
NO
Does the state offer any other type of relationship recognition for same-sex couples?

 

The state constitution prohibits marriage between same-sex couples. Amended in 2004 to say: “Marriage in the state of Louisiana shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman. No official or court of the state of Louisiana shall construe this constitution or any state law to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any member of a union other than the union of one man and one woman. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized. No official or court of the state of Louisiana shall recognize any marriage contracted in any other jurisdiction which is not the union of one man and one woman.” See Louisiana Constitution, Article XII, §15.

 

State statute prohibits marriage between same-sex couples. See Louisiana Civil Code Annotated, Articles 96 and 3520(B).

Workplace

NO
Does state law protect employees in the private sector from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?
NO
Does state law protect employees in the private sector from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and/or gender expression?
Miscellaneous
Does state law expressly protect employees of state and local governments from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?

An executive order signed by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco in 2003 protects government employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. 

NO
Does state law expressly protect employees of state and local governments from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and/or gender expression?

All government employees are protected by the U.S. Constitution against irrational discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, some measure of protection already exists under Title VII based on gender, which has been held to include gender identity and expression.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and several courts have interpreted Title VII to protect transgender employees, and the EEOC has interpreted Title VII to cover sexual orientation discrimination. The Supreme Court has held that the EEOC's interpretations of Title VII are entitled to "great deference." 

Parenting

Miscellaneous
Who may adopt?

Single person or married couple jointly. See La. CHC 1198, 1202.

Miscellaneous
Second-parent adoptions:

Not yet permitted.

 

Case law forbids joint adoptions by unmarried heterosexual couples. See Adoption of Meaux, 417 So. 2d 522 (La. App. 1982). 

 

Relatively unfriendly climate. See Scott v. Scott, 665 So.2d 760 (La. App. 1 Cir. 1995).

Bullying

YES
Does state law prohibit bullying in public schools?

Yes

YES
Does the law include cyberbullying?

Yes

NO
Does the law specifically mention sexual orientation?

No

NO
Does the law specifically mention gender identity?

No

NO
Does the law also apply to private, non-religious schools?

No

Miscellaneous
Is there a state antidiscrimination law that applies (or may apply) to schools?

 Yes (possibly under La. Rev. Stat. Ann § 49:146 (2012), prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations based on sex)

Prohibits sex education courses offered in public schools of the state from utilizing any sexually explicit materials depicting male or female homosexual activity. La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 17:281 (2013)

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 14:40.7 (Supp. 2013), 17:416.13 (2013)

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 17:3996 (2013)

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