By Jeri Ann Flynn OCT. 19, 2016

Yesterday morning when I read the New York Times article, I was appalled at the Louisiana Legislature for passing such an obviously unconstitutional statute. I read the local paper every morning, but I missed the mention of the passing of the law during the recent legislature session. But, this afternoon I read that the attorneys from the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice and the National Immigration Law Center, both of which work for justice where the rights of immigrants are concerned, along with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, a large international law firm, filed suit against the state today to have the law declared unconstitutional.

The plaintiff in today’s lawsuit is a Vietnamese refugee from Lafayette, who came to the United States when he was a three-month-old infant, having been born in an Indonesian refugee camp. Before this mean and foolish law was passed, he could have gotten a license to marry with a passport, a driver’s license, or a state id card. Until this law is found unconstitutional, he and his fiance have to drive out of state to get a license to marry. The sooner this appalling law is overturned, the better for all Louisiana citizens, including the lawsuit plaintiff, a U.S. citizen since he was eight years old.

I long for the day when Louisiana lawmakers quit passing laws that make me embarrassed for the state I love.

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