Posts Tagged ‘gay’

Bryant signs controversial religious-freedom bill

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill yesterday that supporters say will assure unfettered practice of religion without government interference but that opponents worry could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians. The bill, called the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, will become law July 1. It also will add “In God We […] [...]

Senate votes to negotiate controversial religious-practices bill

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers could try to write a final version of a religious-practices bill that has sparked concerns about anti-gay discrimination. The Senate yesterday voted to send Senate Bill 2681 into negotiations with the House. The two sides face a Monday deadline to file a final version of the bill, known as the Mississippi […] [...]

Family of murdered mayoral candidate wants federal investigation

CLARKSDALE — Relatives of a slain Mississippi mayoral candidate are renewing their push for a federal investigation amid their complaints that local officials are withholding information about the case. Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian’s nude and battered body was found Feb. 27 near a Mississippi River levee. The case drew national attention after his campaign […] [...]

Embattled mayor will not seek re-election

SOUTHAVEN — Mayor Greg Davis says he will not run for re-election. Davis has served as mayor the Northwest Mississippi city for 16 years. Davis says in a statement he reached the decision after talking with his partner and family. The 46-year-old Davis, who admitted he was gay more than a year ago, cited a […] [...]

Mayor Davis: State auditor ‘persecuting’ him

SOUTHAVEN — A north Mississippi mayor under scrutiny for alleged questionable spending of city money says he’s being persecuted. Southaven Mayor Greg Davis testified yesterday in Hinds County Chancery Court, trying to convince a judge to block Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering from garnishing his paycheck. Judge Dewayne Thomas issued a temporary restraining order last week […] [...]

AG rules state must allow same-sex ceremony at museum

JACKSON — Faced with the threat of a federal lawsuit, Mississippi officials have relented on a ban on same-sex commitment ceremonies at a state-owned museum and are processing a permit for two women. The Southern Poverty Law Center sent a letter to the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson on July 12, threatening to […] [...]

Aldermen want internal audit as investigation of Davis continues

SOUTHAVEN — Southaven aldermen say they want an internal audit of city finances to get a more in-depth look than the one provided by the routine annual audit. The Commercial Appeal reports a newly formed committee plans to initiate the review in the wake of ongoing questions over Mayor Greg Davis’ spending. Davis, who presided […] [...]

Davis will not resign despite state, federal investigation into spending

SOUTHAVEN — Fourth-term Southaven Mayor Greg Davis said yesterday he plans to remain on the job amid continuing state and federal scrutiny of his spending of city money. “I am looking forward to continuing working for all the citizens of Southaven. For that reason, I have no intentions of resigning,” Davis said during his first […] [...]

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