The Louisiana senate and house loves to produce legislation that does little to nothing for the citizens of this state. Or worse, contradicts the constitution or the laws of this land.
The latest dopey idea is about surrogate parents in Louisiana. Senator Gary Smith (D-Norco) sponsored a surrogate parenting bill that requires the couple to be married (SB162, click here to read).
Under Louisiana law, only a man and a women constitutes a legal marriage. But the United States Supreme Court will be ruling late this summer on the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) (read the brief). That means, most likely, that gay marriage will become the new law of the land.
The legislature wants to make sure in Louisiana, regardless of what the Feds do, that we will not allow gay marriage. That’s like us not allowing women or blacks the right to vote last century. Or maybe a better example: a law prohibiting blacks from marrying whites. It’s no different.
Just like Louisiana’s latest and greatest gun law, we like passing either unnecessary laws or ones that are entirely unconstitutional. Amazing.
Instead of worrying about jobs, education, a backlog of road projects, and crime, this legislature, year in and year out, chooses to focus on the ridiculous.
Some dopey legislators believe we will be able to stop gay marriage from ever becoming law in our state regardless of what the Feds do. The Unites States constitution says otherwise. Louisiana continues to embarrass itself. And the rest of the country knows it.