Appeal notices filed in Louisiana after a rare loss for gay-marriage advocates

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NEW ORLEANS — Gay marriage supporters in Louisiana have given formal notice of their appeal of a federal court ruling upholding the state's same-sex marriage ban.

Forum for Equality Louisiana and several gay couples filed their notices Thursday and Friday in their challenge of the ban. The appeal goes to the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where a Texas gay-marriage case also is pending.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages and its refusal to recognize same-sex unions legally performed in other states.

Feldman's ruling was a rare federal court loss for same-sex marriage advocates. A day later, the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit appeals court rejected bans in Wisconsin and Indiana.

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