Four same-sex couples sue state of Louisiana for marital recognition
POSTED: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 9:11am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Four same-sex couples in Louisiana have filed a lawsuit against the state in an attempt to be recognized as a married couple in their own homes.
Jules has two fathers, except here in the state of Louisiana, at least one of them isn't recognized as her dad.
"It’s challenging. Just knowing that every year I have to get a custody by mandate and that allows me to make economic and health decisions for her and education decisions, but it's a power nick has to surrender to me. It’s really an emotional hole and just looking at her helps fill it, but the reality is it can't be taken away by a little certificate or something like that," explained Andrew Bond, one of the plaintiffs in the case.
Andrew Bond and Nick Van Sickels tied the knot in DC back in 2012, the same year they adopted their daughter Jules. Now, they say, all they are asking for is the same recognition as other married Louisiana couples.
"To both be recognized as parents of our daughter Jules and as a married couple, just like our friends," explained Van Sickels
"We love each other, we love our child and it's simply about getting more people to see that as what it is, it's just a family," added Bond.
The suit was filed first thing Wednesday morning, Lawyers for the couples explained that they're not trying to change any constitutional bans on same-sex marriage.
"We’re not asking for clerks of court to start issuing same sex marriage licenses. These couples are already married elsewhere and we're just asking for them to get treated in Louisiana just the same way as Louisiana recognizes other couples who have been married outside the state," explained lawyer Dalton Courson.
Andrew, Nick and Jules all feel that it is something worth fighting for.
“I mean it's really fundamentally that I need to be recognized as her father, to know that I can take care of Jules, that I can be recognized as her father," said Bond.
The state has not responded to the suit yet and a court date has not yet been set.