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Bryant defiant as judge blocks Mississippi law on objections to gay marriage

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“Like I said when I signed House Bill 1523, the law simply provides religious accommodations granted by many other states and federal law. I am disappointed Judge Reeves did not recognize that reality. I look forward to an aggressive appeal.” — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex marriage moments before it ...

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Lawyers await rulings on challenges to Mississippi LGBT law

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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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1 US judge to hear 3 lawsuits over Mississippi LGBT law

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One judge will hear all three challenges to a Mississippi law that will let clerks cite religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Each lawsuit originally had been assigned to a different federal judge. Two have been shifted to U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, who already had one. In reassigning cases Friday, Chief District Judge ...

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

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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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DAVID DALLAS: Getting a grip on LGBT issues

Last week Bruce Jenner, the Olympic gold-medal winner, admitted to ABC’s Diane Sawyer and a national television audience that he is transgender. What that means is Bruce Jenner, despite his masculine accoutrement, feels more like a woman and would like to identify himself as one. Jenner won the decathlon in 1976, the most grueling event in the games, requiring strength, ...

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Analysis: LGBT group faces Miss. political hurdles

A national civil rights group called Human Rights Campaign faces significant challenges as it tries to make Mississippi’s legal climate more open for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. HRC recently announced that it will spend $8.5 million for its “Project One America” in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, which currently have no laws to prohibit people from being fired from ...

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Starkville first Miss. city to recognize equality, dignity of gay residents

Starkville’s City Council Tuesday passed an “inclusivity” resolution recognizing the inherent worth of all its city’s residents – including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, said Starkville’s resolution makes it the first municipality in Mississippi to recognize the dignity of its ...

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