They were previously criminalized under the state's sodomy law, which applied to both homosexuals and heterosexuals. The District Attorney did not prosecute those arrested, and both he and the parish sheriff supported repealing the sodomy statute. In 19, Louisiana added provisions to its Civil Code that prohibited same-sex couples from contracting to marry and prohibited the recognition of same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions. in linking children to an intact family formed by their two biological parents".The law was rendered unenforceable in 2003 by the U. In April 2014, a bill to repeal the statute failed in the Louisiana House of Representatives on a 66–27 vote after lobbying in opposition by the Louisiana Family Forum. On appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the case remained unresolved at the time of the U. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell on June 26, 2015.
On September 22, 2014, state trial court Judge Edward Rubin found Louisiana's prohibition against married same-sex couples from adopting to be unconstitutional and granted the first same-sex adoption in the state of Louisiana in Costanza v. Louisiana has successfully defended in federal court its refusal to amend the birth certificate of a child born in Louisiana and adopted in New York by a married same-sex couple, who sought to have a new certificate issued with their names as parents as is standard practice for Louisiana-born children adopted by opposite-sex married couples.On April 13, 2016, Governor Edwards rescinded that executive order. Windsor in June 2013 invalidating Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, the U. Department of Defense issued directives requiring state units of the National Guard to enroll the same-sex spouses of guard members in federal benefit programs.On April 28, 2016, the Senate Labor Committee approved in a 4–3 vote a bill that would ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on October 31 said he would insist on compliance.New Orleans is somewhat of a Louisiana anomaly; the laissez faire attitudes here do not generally reflect those of the rest of the state, or of the Deep South in general.LGBT families looking to settle in New Orleans would feel at home in most neighborhoods in the Big Easy.