Baton Rouge, La. - Today the Eastern District Court of Louisiana ordered the Louisiana Department of Health to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples who complete a marriage application at the Department's Office of Vital Records in Orleans Parish. The Department made necessary modifications to the marriage license application printed forms and the certified copies. Additional long-term changes will be made to the Louisiana Electronic Event Registration System (LEERS) to accommodate the changes necessitated by the court's judgement. Marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples by clerks of court in Louisiana and submitted to Vital Records will also be documented in the LEERS system.