The Louisiana Supreme Court issued a ruling that allows couples who live in the state to get marriage licenses this week, but some people still are waiting to get their licenses.
The justices ruled that the state constitution is the source of the problem.
The constitution says a couple cannot marry until they receive a license from the secretary of state.
The Louisiana Legislature passed a constitutional amendment in 2005 allowing the state’s citizens to get a marriage license after they have lived together for five years, but it wasn’t until 2013 that the courts granted marriage licenses.
In 2015, a judge ordered the legislature to pass a bill to allow Louisiana couples to get licenses, but that law never made it out of the Legislature.
Lawmakers approved a new law in February allowing same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses in Louisiana, but the measure was not enacted.
The governor said he was disappointed that the court was not able to uphold the constitutionality of the law.
He said the Supreme Court did not have jurisdiction because the case was not in the courts.