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Notable ruling

This section contains a notable case from a federal judge.

Upholding of Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban (2014)

     United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (Jonathan P. Robicheaus, Et al. v. James D. Caldwell, Louisiana Attorney General, Et al., 13-5090)

Judge Martin Feldman was the presiding judge in the case of Robicheaux v. Caldwell. On September 3, 2014, Feldman ruled that Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage was constitutional. The judge found that public opinion does not establish a fundamental right to same-sex marriage. He went on to dismiss the argument that the law violated the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. He stated:
Even ignoring the obvious difference between this case and Loving, no analogy can defeat the plain reality that Louisiana's laws apply evenhandedly to both genders--whether between two men or two women.[1][2]
Feldman drew heavily on tradition in his ruling, often referring to the definition of marriage as thousands of years old and the idea of same-sex marriage cannot be considered a fundamental right due to its relative newness. The plaintiffs plan to appeal the ruling to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.[3]

History of the federal courts


The only court created by Article III of the United States Constitution was the Supreme Court of the United States. "Inferior courts," per Article III, were created by the United States Congress, starting with the Judiciary Act of 1789. For an overview of how the structure and jurisdiction of the federal courts have changed since inception, see United States court reorganization legislation. For more, see notable federal judicial legislation.

The first court of the United States has its own project on Judgepedia. You can learn about the history of the Supreme Court, Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, or historic Supreme Court cases. For more about current justices, check out current Justices of the United States Supreme Court. To learn about historical Justices, see former Justices of the Supreme Court.

Federal Circuit Courts by District

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For more details about the courts, click on the relevant district in the map.

Judges nominated by President Obama

President Barack Obama has nominated 371 judges during his term.
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For more detailed information about President Obama's nominations, see this page.

For a comparison of vacancies and nominations by year, see:

For a comparison of vacancies and nominations by Congress, see:

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