Tag Archives: Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI: County Clerk Resigns Rather Than Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

“I choose to obey God rather than man. I am a follower of Christ and I believe strongly that the Bible is my final authority. The Bible teaches that a marriage is to be between a man and a woman. Therefore, because of the recent ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court, I can no longer fulfill my duties as Circuit …

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BREAKING: Mississippi AG Gives Clerks OK To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Via the Clarion-Ledger: The Attorney General’s Office has issued a letter giving the OK for circuit clerks to move forward with same-sex marriage licenses after stating on Friday the Supreme Court decision was not yet effective in Mississippi. Many circuit clerks in Mississippi did not issue same-sex marriage licenses on Friday morning following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision because the …

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Marriage Holdouts: Louisiana & Mississippi

Reuters reports: Same-sex marriage remained on hold in Louisiana and Mississippi, even as a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday legalizing it nationwide led to gay couples joyously tying the knot in other states that banned such weddings before the decision. In Louisiana, Republican Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office issued a statement saying that it had “found nothing in today’s …

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TEXAS: AG Sues Feds To Stop Medical Leave For Married Same-Sex Couples

The Dallas Morning News reports: Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday over a proposal to extend family leave benefits to same-sex married couples. Under the proposed federal rule to take effect March 27, the definition of “spouse” would be revised to include gay partners who were married in a state that recognizes same-sex unions. …

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MISSISSIPPI: State Supreme Court Says Marriage Should Not Wait For SCOTUS

From the Associated Press: Two Mississippi Supreme Court justices say the court should find the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional and not wait for a gay marriage ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. Thursday’s 26-page statement, written by Justice Leslie D. King and joined by Justice James Kitchens, was attached to an order by a six-member court majority. The …

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Ku Klux Klan Supports Judge Roy Moore

From the website of the United Dixie White Knights: The Mississippi Klan salutes Alabama’s chief justice Roy Moore, for refusing to bow to the yoke of Federal tyranny. The Feds have no authority over individual States marriage laws. The fudgepackers from Hollywood and all major news networks are in shock that the good people from the heart of Dixie are …

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Julian Bond For Mississippi Marriage

“Mississippians know sexual orientation or gender identity shouldn’t matter when it comes to working hard and taking care of your neighbor. Mississippians know all children are valued, no matter who they are. And Mississippians know that above all, treating one another with dignity and respect is what counts. “The fight for basic civil rights is not a quest for superiority …

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VIDEO: Mississippi Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Gay Divorce Case

Almost right off the bat one of the justices wonders if the coming SCOTUS ruling won’t render the case “futile.” A the 16:00 mark, the plaintiff’s attorney introduces his client, noting that she’s an Ole Miss graduate with a son “who is headed off to boot camp to serve his country.”  The lawyer adds, “That’s who we’re talking about here. …

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MISSISSIPPI: Small Town Overrides Mayor’s Veto, Repeals LGBT Protections

Via the Jackson Clarion-Ledger: Aldermen in Starkville have overridden a mayor’s veto of their decision to rescind a resolution passed in 2014 that made it clear that the city is intolerant of discrimination against the LGBT community. The resolution implemented a plus-one insurance option, which allowed Starkville city employees to add a domestic partner to their city-provided insurance regardless of …

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Marriage Cases In Flux Due To SCOTUS

Marriage equality cases in several states have seen some action since Friday’s decision by the Supreme Court to hear the cases out of the Sixth Circuit Court. North Dakota: Yesterday a federal judge put that case on indefinite hold pending the final ruling from SCOTUS. There had been no action on that case since September. Georgia: Also yesterday the state …

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MISSISSIPPI: Small Town Mayor Vetoes Repeal Of State’s First LGBT Rights Law

Via Tupelo’s ABC affiliate: Starkville’s mayor vetoed the Board of Alderman’s decision to rescind a resolution that made it clear that the city is intolerant of discrimination against anyone and in any form. One year ago, the city was the first in Mississippi to adopt a resolution against discrimination of anyone, including LGBT people. Other cities, including Hattiesburg, Oxford and …

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Texas Hater Predicts Win At Fifth Circuit

“The tradition, until recently, had been adopted by all governments and major religions of the world. That’s how settled the issue of marriage has been in our country and in our world. And in Texas we dealt with this issue before and settled it at the polls the way it should, when voters voted 76 percent in 2005. It’s really …

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Chris Geidner On Fifth Circuit Court

Buzzfeed reporter Chris Geidner recaps today’s action: After three hours of arguments, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals appeared poised to strike down bans on same-sex couples’ marriages in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas — joining all but one of the other appellate courts to consider that matter. More than halfway through the morning’s arguments, an exasperated Justin Matheny, the assistant …

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LISTEN: Oral Arguments At Fifth Circuit

Today’s oral arguments in the marriage equality case out of Louisiana have been posted. Listen and give us your analysis. Recordings of the arguments in the cases out of Mississippi and Texas should be posted here soon. NOTE: That site is getting hit with heavy traffic.

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First Reactions From Fifth Circuit Court: Judges Appear Poised For Pro-Gay Ruling

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MAP: Federal Aid By State

Via the Washington Post: Nearly $1 in $3 in state revenue comes from the federal government, according to a new analysis. While taxes are responsible for most state general revenues, the federal government is responsible for about 31.5 percent of the total, according to the nonprofit Tax Foundation. Mississippi is most reliant on the federal government, with 45.3 percent of …

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Plaintiffs Arrive At Fifth Circuit Court

Follow the action on Twitter at #5thCircuit. Oral arguments begin at 10AM eastern time.

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Tomorrow: Another Big Day For Marriage

Tomorrow the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the cases out of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Lots of LGBT journos will be there in New Orleans, including Kathleen Perrin of Equality Case Files. Things kick off at 9AM local time and I’ll be posting live tweets from the reporters as well as any audio and video …

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MISSISSIPI: Pastor Puts Horse In A Wedding Dress To Protest Gay Marriage Because He’s Always On A Steady Course

“This might be possible if the band on same sex marriage is lifted.” Source. (Tipped by JMG reader Brian)

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: “Marriage could be coming to Florida sooner than we expected. Plus, after last week’s big win, the Mississippi lawsuit is now on the fast track to an appeal. And Kansas just lost their latest attempt to hold back the start of marriage.”

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