Gay Marriage Arguments Heard in 5th Circuit

Gay rights supporters were encouraged by arguments before a panel of federal appellate court judges Friday in three state gay marriage cases.

Two of the judges in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans appeared to be skeptical of arguments by attorneys for Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas in defense of their man-woman marriage laws, while a third judge was more skeptical of the gay marriage plaintiffs.

The ruling from 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judges James E. Graves Jr., Jerry E. Smith and Patrick Higginbotham is expected later this year.

The plaintiffs include Cleopatra DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman of Texas, Jon Robicheaux and Derek Pinton of Louisiana, and Rebecca Bickett and Andrea Sanders of Mississippi.