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Louisiana High School Bans Lesbian Student From Wearing Tuxedo To Prom

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A Louisiana high school banned one of its premier gay honor students from wearing a tuxedo to prom, claiming that she would violate dress code reports USA Today. Monroe High School Senior Claudetteia Love, who participated in the school’s high-achieving medical magnet program and is considered an academic superstar, was crushed at the news that she couldn’t attend her prom on April 24 if she wore a tuxedo.

Said Love: 

"I told my mom, 'They're using me. They put me in all these honors and advanced placement classes so I can take all of these tests and get good grades and better the school, but when it's time for me to celebrate the fact that I've accomplished what I need to accomplish and I'm about to graduate, they don't want to let me do it, the way I want to.'"

Love is set to represent her school at the annual Scholar’s Banquet; an event for the top students in Ouachita Parish. Geraldine Jackson, Love’s mother, discussed the issue with Principal Patrick Taylor, and received a different explanation as to why her daughter was banned from wearing a tuxedo to the prom.

Said Jackson:

"He said that the faculty that is working the prom told him they weren't going to work the prom if (girls) were going to wear tuxes. That’s his exact words. 'Girls wear dresses and boys wear tuxes, and that's the way it is.' 

"I feel like he's taking his values and throwing them on my daughter because of what her preference is and what she represents."

Love intended to attend the prom with a group of friends, but didn’t plan on bringing a date with her. Love’s friends have since chosen not to attend the prom because of the no-tux rule imposed on Love. Several members of her senior class launched a petition to change the rule but faculty have yet to act on it. However, Monroe City School Board President Rodney McFarland contacted The News-Star to announce that he is personally taking action on Love’s behalf, and that he will contact Superintendent Brent Vidrine and request that he discuss the rule with Principal Taylor.

Said McFarland:

"As school board president, I don't agree with Carroll banning her from her prom just because of what she wants to wear - that's discrimination. As far as I know there is no Monroe City School Board policy saying what someone has to wear to attend the prom. You can't just go making up policies."

The ACLU of Louisiana has also stepped in and written a letter to Superintendent Vidrine letting the district know that prohibiting a female student from wearing a tux "violates not only the laws against sex discrimination but also the First Amendment's right to free expression."


Bobby Jindal Says Businesses Who Won't Serve Gays are the Real Victims of Discrimination: VIDEO

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal called in to hate group leader Tony Perkins' Family Research Council radio show on Friday to discuss the "religious liberty" laws in Indiana and Arkansas and falsely blast the Left for engaging in discrimination against Christians, Right Wing Watch reports.

Said Jindal, who is a potential GOP presidential candidate:

“Now that evangelical Christians are the ones that are being discriminated against, the left does not want to accommodate them in the same way. What’s really underneath all of this is the left preaches tolerance and diversity and openness, and that’s true, unless you disagree with them. They don’t want to discriminate anybody unless you happen to be a conservative, or in this case, an evangelical Christian, and that’s the hypocrisy in this.”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Baton Rouge Police Chief Apologizes for Unconstitutional Sodomy Arrest Involving Two Men Having Sex

The Baton Rouge Police Department has once again found itself in the news for its enforcement of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law, state paper The Advocate reports:

DabadieBaton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie (right) Friday sent a departmentwide memo to remind officers not to arrest people using that statute, department spokesman Lt. Jonny Dunnam said. The arrests happened Thursday just after 2 a.m., when a Baton Rouge police officer was on patrol in Forest Community Park and found two men having sex in the backseat of a car, according to arrest reports. The men were in the park after hours, the reports say.

Both men, a 33-year-old and a 25-year-old, were booked into Parish Prison on counts of trespassing in a BREC Park and crimes against nature. One of the men was still in Parish Prison as of 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said a district judge threw out the crimes against nature count after finding there was no probable cause.

The police department also recognized the mistake and had planned to drop the charges.

“The officers made a mistake,” Dunnam said. “The chief wants to send his apologies to those individuals for making that mistake and has contacted supervisors to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Back in 2013, The Advocate reported the East Baton Rouge's sheriff's office had arrested over a dozen men since 2011 under the law forbidding "unnatural carnal copulation."

Laws criminalizing consensual sex between same-sex partners were declared unconstitutional in the 2003 Supreme Court decision Lawrence v. Texas. Last April, the Louisiana House rejected legislation that would have removed the anti-sodomy language from the books. 

The Baton Rouge Police Department, meanwhile, says it plans to go ahead with the counts of trespassing in the park against the two men. 


Bobby Jindal Says Constitutional Amendment the Answer if SCOTUS Defies States on Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told CNN's New Day that he's not changing his opinion ('like Obama did') on marriage based on polls:

"I'm not one of those politicians...My faith teaches me that marriage is between a man and a woman. I don't believe in discrimination against anybody. I'm not for changing the definition of marriage and that's why I hope the Supreme Court decides not to overturn what the states have decided. In Louisiana it's in our state constitution. My hope is that the Supreme Court will respect what state legislators and states have already decided."

Jindal dodged a question several times about whether he's comfortable with local judges in Alabama defying a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to gay couple, instead saying,

"If the Supreme Court were to [rule for same-sex marriage] I think the remedy would be a constitutional amendment in the Congress to tell the courts you can't overturn what the states have decided."

Watch part of the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

Full clip HERE.

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Louisiana Supreme Court Urged to Rule in Gay Marriage Case Ahead of SCOTUS Decision

Back in September, a district judge in Louisiana ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Now, lawyers on both sides of the case are urging the Louisiana Supreme Court to weigh in ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court's expected ruling on the issue by late June.

The AP reports:

LaKyle Duncan, making the state's argument that its ban on same-sex marriage should stand, argued that the nation's highest court "needs as much input as possible on this issue, especially from state supreme courts."

Paul Baier and Josh Guillory, arguing on behalf of two women legally married in California, said the case involves an urgent question about whether one can adopt the child of the other. "At the heart of this matter is a 10-year-old little boy," Guillory said. [...]

As has happened in earlier arguments in other courts, both sides touched on the U.S. Supreme Court's "Windsor" case, which struck down law forbidding federal recognition of legal same-sex marriages.

Duncan told the seven state Supreme Court justices that the case language that makes clear the rights of individual states to define marriage. Baier argued that nothing in the Windsor case allows the denial of the constitutional right to marry.

Baier and Guillory said it is possible that the court could uphold Costanza's right to adopt Brewer's child without ruling on the constitutionality of the Louisiana gay marriage ban. Guillory told the justices that the pair meets the standards for adoption outlined in the Louisiana Children's Code.

This is a separate case from U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's strange, hateful ruling upholding Louisiana's gay marriage ban that was heard before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month


Bobby Jindal Kicks Off Potential 2016 Presidential Run With Anti-gay Hate Group Prayer Rally: VIDEO

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On Saturday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal headlined an all-day prayer rally at Louisiana State University in an effort to drum up evangelical support for a potential 2016 bid for the White House. 

The Response, as the prayer rally was called, was hosted by the rabidly anti-gay American Family Association and featured various self-proclaimed prophets, doomsday sayers, and other assorted religious nuts as Right Wing Watch points out

The LSU community, which had repeatedly denounced the event in the lead up to this Saturday, showed up to protest the event, the AP reports:

"You've heard today is not about political speeches. Today is about humbling ourselves before the Lord. Today we repent for our sins," he said. [...]

RallyOutside the prayer event, critics held a protest, saying the American Family Association, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has classified as a hate group, promotes discrimination against people who are gay or of non-Christian faiths.

Protesters accused Jindal of using the rally for political gain.

"I just knew this wasn't what LSU stands for. These aren't LSU values, Louisiana values or American values," said Peter Jenkins, a 26-year-old graduate student and protest organizer.

Jindal hasn't commented directly on the views of the American Family Association, which has linked same-sex marriage and abortion to disasters such as tornadoes and Hurricane Katrina.

On Friday, Rachel Maddow devoted a segment of her show to highlighting one of the crazier backers of The Response - Cindy Jacobs. You'll recall Jacobs as the woman who claims to have a direct line to God and that God has given her special powers - such as the ability to predict natural disasters and raise people from the dead. 

Watch Rachel's killer segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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