(This was a developing story as Gambit went to press. We'll have full coverage of the same-sex marriage ruling and how it affects New Orleans in next week's paper, and online at www.bestofneworleans.com.)
Friday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage in every state didn't immediately result in nuptials in New Orleans. The Louisiana Clerks of Court Association advised the state to wait 25 days to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples — and Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said in a statement that his office is waiting for the Supreme Court to "issue a mandate or order making today's decision final and effective and will issue a statement when that occurs."
Gov. Bobby Jindal was similarly disappointed. "This Supreme Court decision overturns the will of the people of Louisiana, and it takes away a right that should have been left to the states," he said on the presidential campaign trail in Iowa. "I am extremely disappointed by this decision. It fails to respect traditional marriage as defined by Louisiana voters and is yet another example of the federal government intrusion into what should be a state issue."
Mayor Mitch Landrieu was happy. "As the mayor of a city that has long embraced the principles of inclusion, tolerance and diversity, I am more than pleased to see the Supreme Court and the United States embrace these same principles. Today, our great country takes another step toward becoming a more perfect union, but more work is needed to end discrimination in all forms and make our country a fairer and more just place to live for every American."
And the tourism industry is ready. "#Lovewins in America, and we're excited to celebrate #NOLA-style!" the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau tweeted, along with a photo of two men exchanging vows in front of St. Louis Cathedral.