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(CARTOON) #justsayin takes a look at Gov. Bryant and HB 1523

This week, Ford Williams takes a look at Gov. Phil Bryant and HB 1523, in which a federal appeals court said Thursday that Mississippi can enforce a law that allows merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples, but opponents of the law immediately pledged to appeal. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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Lawyers await rulings on challenges to Mississippi LGBT law

Attorneys who sued to try to block a Mississippi gay-marriage law hope a federal judge will hand down rulings in their lawsuits Thursday, the final day before it’s set to take effect. The law says clerks could cite religious objections to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It also would protect merchants and others who refuse services ...

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Attorney: Mississippi can’t put up barriers to gay marriage

An attorney argues in court papers that Mississippi cannot be allowed to constantly put up new barriers to same-sex marriage. Roberta Kaplan represents the Campaign for Southern Equality and two lesbian couples. They are trying to block an incoming state law lets clerks cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex partners. Kaplan and ...

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Employment lawyers warn of HB 1523’s workplace pitfalls

By TED CARTER Legal traps are ahead for private employers who impose their religious beliefs in the workplace once Mississippi’s new religiously focused “Freedom of Conscience” law goes into effect July 1, warn employment law attorneys Jaklyn Wrigley and Steve Cupp of the Gulfport office of Fisher & Phillips. The measure set to go into effect July 1 is touted as ...

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Muddy and weak, clear and strong — Consensus on HB 1523 is very elusive

By TED CARTER Employment law specialists can read Mississippi’s religion-focused House Bill 1523 and come away with far different perspectives on its clarity and legal soundness. “This law is almost indecipherable from my point of view,” says Steve Cupp, a labor attorney in the Gulfport office of Fisher & Phillips. “One of the problems with this law is it is so ...

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ACLU sues Mississippi over ‘religious rights’ law

The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi is suing the state over a law that will allow workers to cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage to deny services to people. The suit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Jackson. House Bill 1523, passed by the Republican-majority Legislature and signed by GOP Gov. Phil Bryant, is set ...

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Religious leaders object to religious objections law

Dozens of Methodist leaders are objecting to Mississippi’s new religious objections law, saying it violates their religious principles. More than 30 ministers from around the state and nation published an open letter Monday saying the so-called “religious freedom” law goes against Christian teachings to love and respect all people. The group joins major businesses, human rights groups and legal experts ...

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