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Out of State Recognition: No
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Analysis of the Fifth Circuit Hearings
Jan 11th, 2015
There are several great summaries out there about what happened yesterday at the Fifth Circuit, which heard marriage equality appeals from Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Among others, I recommend the summaries from Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade and Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed. I would like to go one step deeper. I have listened to the audio from the oral... read_more
Fifth Circuit Marriage Equality Hearing Recap
Jan 10th, 2015
The Fifth Circuit took on marriage equality cases from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi yesterday, and things look promising:
Hearing Times: Louisiana's case was heard at 9 a.m., followed by Mississippi at 10 a.m. and Texas at 11 a.m full story
Photos from Outside: The Dallas Voice has some photos as people gathered for the trial outside the courthouse. read_more
Federal Judge Overturns Mississippi Marriage Equality Ban
Nov 26th, 2014
Just hours after the Arkansas decision, a federal judge also overturned the marriage equality ban in Mississippi.
The Washington Blade reports:
U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves issued his 72-page ruling less than two weeks after he heard oral arguments in the case the Campaign for Southern Equality last month filed on behalf of two lesbian couples seeking marriage rights... read_more
Mississippi Marriage Equality Hearing Held
Nov 13th, 2014
A federal judge in Mississippi heard a marriage equality case yesterday.
One of the couples involved in the lawsuit, Carla Webb and Joce Pritchett, married in Maine last year and are raising their children in Jackson. They want legal recognition and protection for their family... The lawsuit, which was filed Oct. 20 by Webb and Pritchett; Rebecca Bickett... read_more
You Gotta Watch This "What Would You Do?" Segment
Jun 19th, 2014
In a recent segment on "What Would You Do?", the show filmed a gay couple in a restaurant in Mississippi.
ABC News' John Quinones took his "What Would You Do?" hidden cameras down to Vicksburg, Mississippi. As you may recall, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant recently signed a bill into law allowing business to discriminate against gays based on... read_more
USA: HRC Launches Campaign in the Deep South
Apr 27th, 2014
The Human Rights Campaign is taking its gay rights and marriage equality fight to the Deep South.
The Advocate reports:
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's most prominent LGBT rights organization, is launching an $8.5 million intiative to enhance its presence in states that offer no protections for its LGBT citizens. Called Project One America, the initiative will establish offices... read_more
USA, Mississippi: Businesses Post "We Don't Discriminate" Signs
Apr 13th, 2014
In the wake of an anti-gay Right to Discriminate law, some businesses are posting anti discrimination signs.
A new campaign launched by a group of entrepreneurs is taking off in Mississippi, the Clarion Ledger reports:
If You're Buying, We're Selling started in the commercial district of Jackson's Fondren neighborhood last week, and has since spread statewide. The campaign is... read_more
USA, Mississippi: Governor Bryant Signs "Right to Discriminate" Bill Into Law
Apr 4th, 2014
Mississippi has a shiny new "right to discriminate" law that could allow businesses to turn away gay customers, single women, buddhists, pretty much anyone they don't agree with.
The Advocate reports:
Mississippi Republican governor Phil Bryant today signed a bill into a law that will allow business and individuals to deny service to anyone in the interest of religious liberty,... read_more
USA, Mississippi: Legislature Passes Right to Discriminate Bill
Apr 2nd, 2014
Showing their true colors, Mississippi legislators made a last-minute push and passed its own version of a Right to Discriminate" law.
Think Progress reports:
...both the House and Senate have approved a conference report on the bill, advancing it to Gov. Phil Bryant (R) with problematic language. "Religious liberty" bills like the one vetoed in Arizona differ from other states'... read_more
USA, Mississippi: "Right to Discriminate" Bill Watered Down Again By House
Mar 13th, 2014
After the Senate passed a watered-down Right to Discriminate bill that removed provisions allowing businesses and individuals to discriminate, the House went even further.
The Dallas Voice reports:
The Mississippi House voted 80 to 37 Wednesday evening to approve a dramatically altered "religious freedom" bill that simply calls for a joint House-Senate Judiciary committee to prepare a report "regarding proposed... read_more
USA, Mississippi: Right to Discriminate Bill Working Its Way Through Legislature
Feb 27th, 2014
OK, folks, we've got another one of these anti-gay bills percolating through a state legislature, this one in Mississippi.
Echelon Magazine reports:
SB 2681, which passed the Mississippi Senate in January, would allow businesses to deny services to anyone if they felt doing so was a "burden" on their "exercise of religion." It is similar in nature to the controversial... read_more