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by P. David Gardner

Several states, mostly the "red" states in the south, have been resisting implementing the June 26 SCOTUS decision to allow gay marriages in every state in the union. But now one state, Louisiana, has thrown its collective hands up and will no longer try to prevent gay marriages from happening within its borders.

It's been a strange fight. Texas' attorney general urged the state's county clerks to break the law. Several clerks in other states have tried to resist by citing their religious beliefs as a reason to defy the law. Other state's lawmakers are trying to do end-runs around the law, making ridiculous and flimsy claims that will simply not stand up in court, but serve only to delay the inevitable.

But Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, has finally seen the light, or maybe the writing on the wall. Or maybe he's just too tired to keep fighting his "good fight".

He didn't give up without a battle, but when his last-ditch effort to delay till a district court judge made a ruling on whether the state had to grant marriage licenses to homosexuals, Jindal rolled over when U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman struck down the state's same-sex ban, and told ALL of the state's agencies to start recognizing gay marriage.

Yes, you heard that right. Bobby-Boi threw in the towel.

Jindal has long been one of the right's most vocal opponents to gay marriage. Once he even suggested that SCOTUS be disbanded, leaving only two branches, the Executive and the Legislative, to handle the business of the country. Fortunately, reason prevailed and his faulty arguments fell upon deaf ears.

P. David Gardner is a long time writer and reporter, as well as a graphic designer and photographer. And he creates terrific web sites too. For more details, see pauldavidgarder.com.

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