A Louisiana marriage law allowing same-gender couples to marry was approved on Thursday by the state legislature.
The law will take effect on June 17, and it allows same- and opposite-sex marriages.
A few months ago, same- gender couples were not allowed to marry in Louisiana, but that was a temporary restriction until the legislature approved a new law in March.
This law will allow same sex couples to do so legally.
The state legislature is expected to approve the marriage license next week.
In a statement, Governor John Bel Edwards said: “We are making a difference for our citizens, and we have made progress towards equality for all Louisiana residents.
This is not about politics, this is about equality and I will not stop fighting to bring Louisiana closer to the goal of equal rights for all.”
In March, Louisiana’s governor vetoed a measure that would have allowed same- sex couples the right to marry.
The measure, which was sponsored by state Senator Mike Bonin, a Democrat, would have extended marriage to same- or opposite-gender spouses in the state, and banned civil unions.
In June, a federal judge ruled that Louisiana’s law is unconstitutional because it bans civil unions for same-sexual couples.
The new law allows same sex marriages to take place, but the governor said the law will not change the way same- sexual couples are treated in Louisiana.
The Louisiana House and Senate approved the bill on Thursday, with Senate Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-New Orleans, saying the law is needed for the state to be closer to equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.