Louisiana enacts tough marriage laws aimed at immigrants


Under the new rules in Louisiana, in order to receive a marriage license, any foreign born applicants have to be able to provide an unexpired visa and a birth certificate.

This has quickly been defined as an attack on “refugees” rather than saying “immigrants” or any other term, but no matter what labels are applied it’s immediately been thrust into the culture wars. The original impetus for passing the law was understandable in some ways. There were concerns expressed over incidents of marriage fraud, where foreigners enter into sham marriages to gain a smooth glide path to citizenship (or at least long term residency documents) and potentially a host of government funded benefits.