(Update) St. John makes marriage licenses available to same sex couples

Published 2:25 pm Monday, June 29, 2015

EDGARD — Same sex couples can now receive marriage licenses in St. John the Baptist Parish.

Eliana DeFrancesch, clerk of court for St. John Parish and the 40th Judicial District Court, said Monday at approximately 2 p.m., “We will be issuing same-sex marriage licenses. We are going to be doing that.”

The clerk’s office reported at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, the parish issued its first same-sex marriage license to Melinda Guerra and Faith Upton.

DeFrancesch told L’OBSERVATEUR the Louisiana Clerk of Court’s Association had been in contact with clerk’s offices throughout the day and gave final approval around 1 p.m. Monday to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

According to DeFrancesch, a memo circulated to state clerks of court said: “While the Association believes that implementation of changes relative to marriage licenses should have been done by the parish clerks simultaneously with the Office of Vital Records, deferring implementation times has and will continue to create confusion.

The Association therefore suggests parish clerks begin implementation of changes and procedures for the issuing of marriage licenses consistent with last week’s Supreme Court’s opinion.”

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay marriage legal in all 50 states.

DeFrancesch said she has been clerk in St. John Parish since July of 2000 and can only remember one time in which a same-sex marriage license was requested before this week.