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Louisiana AG Hires Outside Counsel To Help Fight Challenges To State’s Gay Marriage Ban

Earlier this week Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell (pictured right) announced that the Bayou State would enlist outside counsel for the sole purpose of helping to defend that state’s ban on same-sex marriage, according to The Times Picayune.

CaldwellCaldwell tapped former Louisiana solicitor general Kyle Duncan to take on the role. Duncan recently worked as general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The announcement from Caldwell’s office directly responded to comments made by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that state attorneys general could choose not to defend their constitutional amendments banning gay marriage, as seven attorneys general have already chosen not to do:

"The Louisiana Constitution is a sober expression of the will of the citizens of Louisiana and I intend to defend every sentence in it," Caldwell said in a statement. "To that end, I've retained Kyle Duncan, a nationally renowned expert in this area of the law, to assist this office in our defense of the Constitution of Louisiana."

Caldwell's office said Duncan will retain the title of "Special Attorney General." But details of the contract with Duncan, including payment, were not immediately available. The office is preparing information regarding the prevalence of hiring of special attorneys general in Louisiana.

The decision to hire outside counsel comes on the heels of a recently announced challenge to Louisiana's gay marriage ban and a federal judge's ruling that Texas's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. You'll recall late last year a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit intending to make marriage equality legal in Louisiana. 

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes previously announced that his state would also hire outside counsel to fight marriage equality.

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  1. Sorry, it's not the right place to put it, but Andy, can you do an about-the-banner piece? I kinda miss those. ty.

    Posted by: Eric | Mar 1, 2014 9:30:49 AM


  2. Louisiana is running scared.

    Posted by: Clayton | Mar 1, 2014 9:34:46 AM


  3. Good luck with that, Buddy. LOL.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Mar 1, 2014 9:48:23 AM


  4. The LGBT citizens of these states need to sue since money coming from their paychecks is funding their own oppression. Stop being the reich-wing's slaves. They are your employees, not the other way around. Put your feet on their throats, figuratively speaking of course, and keep them there.

    Posted by: Sean | Mar 1, 2014 10:00:15 AM


  5. Along with "it's not the right place to put it", am I the only one who is frustrated by on swipe on the tablet? I much prefer simply being taken to the towleroad site.

    Posted by: Mitch | Mar 1, 2014 10:26:52 AM


  6. Hiring someone else to beat the dead horse isn't going to help.

    Posted by: michael | Mar 1, 2014 10:28:45 AM


  7. Hiring someone else to beat the dead horse isn't going to help.

    Posted by: michael | Mar 1, 2014 10:28:45 AM


  8. Yes, please hire someone from what obviously sounds like a conservatively religious think-tank - an organization stuck in living in the past by an ancient book. I'm SURE they will be able to come up with new arguments for their side in order to win that NO OTHER anti-gay side in any of these other trials that have gone on recently have come up with and lost.

    Republican money priorities - they are NOT what they say they are.

    Posted by: Kieran | Mar 1, 2014 10:47:03 AM


  9. Ha! Putting "sober expression" and "citizens of Louisiana" in a sentence together (with Mardi Gras only days away) seems like an oxymoron.

    Posted by: Gregor | Mar 1, 2014 10:56:09 AM


  10. Always have to laugh when they feel the need to hire "outside counsel." Doesn't reflect well on the ability of those they already employ.

    Posted by: jim | Mar 1, 2014 11:04:19 AM


  11. Yes. LOL @ "sober." Didn't see much of that yet here in New Orleans the weekend before Mardi Gras...

    Posted by: KevinVt | Mar 1, 2014 11:05:45 AM


  12. @ Mitch - when you first go to the the pad site, you have a choice of going to the desktop layout.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Mar 1, 2014 11:25:16 AM


  13. @Mitch, you can bookmark this url to bypass onswipe:

    http://www.towleroad.com/?onswipe_redirect=never

    Posted by: JJ | Mar 1, 2014 11:32:07 AM


  14. "The Louisiana Constitution is a sober expression of the will of the citizens of Louisiana"

    The 14th amendment is a sober expression of the will of the entire nation—one that we fought a war over. Of course Louisiana was on the wrong side of that war, and it seems the AG means to keep them there.

    Posted by: JJ | Mar 1, 2014 11:58:48 AM


  15. Regarding onswipe...not a fan either.
    What if I usually come to the site through a reader...like feedly.
    Any way to avoid onswipe?

    Posted by: Stu | Mar 1, 2014 12:10:28 PM


  16. If the 5th Circuit upholds the Texas ruling, wouldn't it also be binding on LA (also 5th) if someone sues and uses it as precedent?

    Posted by: Kendall | Mar 1, 2014 12:36:44 PM


  17. yes, make sure you hire those supposed outside attorneys to help fight this horrendous issue of marriage equality.... I can recommend Ken Cucinnelli as your lead attorney...Rand Paul chose him, he has federal charges against him, he is a rabid homophobe, he and Rand Paul have been charged with stealing NSA lawsuit and all of this will probably cost the state $1m-$3m and join PA Governor Corbett who is also wasting millions to defend marriage

    Posted by: Bernie | Mar 1, 2014 2:43:58 PM


  18. Someone needs to add up all the millions of taxpayer dollars Republicans have wasted on this. It is a NATIONAL SCANDAL how much money has been wasted by Republicans when we could have used it on health, education, building jobs infrastructure etc. The public deserve to know just how irresponsible Republicans are with our tax dollars.

    If these Republicans are so determined to defend the gay marriage bans they should use their OWN money ! Opinion polls in most states now say voters support gay marriage so Republicans should not be wasting millions of tax dollars to keep something which voters clearly no longer want.

    It is time to send these Republicans to jail for FRAUD. They no longer have a mandate to take our tax dollars and give it to their rich Republican laywer friends while pretending they are doing this for voters. It's all about getting a way to take our tax dollars and give it to their friends so their friends can then give some of it back to the Republican politicians at election times.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Mar 1, 2014 4:14:38 PM


  19. The LGBT citizens of these states need to sue since money coming from their paychecks is funding their own oppression. Stop being the reich-wing's slaves. They are your employees, not the other way around. Put your feet on their throats, figuratively speaking of course, and keep them there.

    POSTED BY: SEAN | MAR 1, 2014 10:00:15 AM

    YES, YES, ONE THOUSAND TIMES, YES !!!

    Posted by: DavidinChelseaMA | Mar 1, 2014 6:17:57 PM


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