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Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Headed to Supreme Court?

Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Headed to Supreme Court?

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In one of two significant legal developments regarding challenges to Mississippi’s notorious HB 1523, which enshrines in state law a special privilege for people claiming religious and moral objections to LGBTQ people to discriminate against them, Lambda Legal has announced it will petition the Supreme Court on whether the Fifth Circuit […]

Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Anti-LGBTQ Mississippi Law

Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Anti-LGBTQ Mississippi Law

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A three-judge panel of the Houston-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved a preliminary injunction and dismissed two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a Mississippi law that protects people acting on anti-LGBTQ views from adverse action by state and local governments there. On June 30 of last year, US District Judge Carlton […]

Resistance on Bathrooms, Marriage Sparks Flood of Litigation

Resistance on Bathrooms, Marriage Sparks Flood of Litigation

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | May has brought a flood of litigation over LGBT rights in the federal courts. With the month not even at its mid-point, half a dozen lawsuits have been filed in US district courts related to either the transgender bathroom issue or continuing state-level resistance to marriage equality. First out of the […]

Meet Philip Gunn: A Model Modern Homophobic Pol

Meet Philip Gunn: A Model Modern Homophobic Pol

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Philip Gunn knows how to protect his conservative friends. When he thought they might have to solemnize marriages for same-sex couples, provide services for such unions, or aid transgender people, the speaker of the Mississippi House wrote a bill that barred the state from taking any “discriminatory action” against religious groups, people, […]

Anti-Mississippi Backlash Forces Central Park Picnic Cancellation  

Anti-Mississippi Backlash Forces Central Park Picnic Cancellation  

BY ANDY HUMM | The New York Mississippi Society has canceled the 37th edition of an annual picnic in the heart of Central Park that promotes Mississippi culture and tourism due to the backlash against the passage of a virulently anti-LGBT law back home. The picnic was to have taken place on June 11 on Dead […]

Freedom’s Just Another Word for Nowhere Left to Pee

BY ED SIKOV | “Religious freedom” is the putative goal of Mississippi’s vicious new anti-LGBT law, which passed on the heels of North Carolina’s blatantly discriminatory new hate-LGBT legislation. As Ian Millhiser of Think Progress writes, “The Mississippi law… explicitly singles out LGBT people ‘for disfavored legal status’” — the term used by Supreme Court Justice […]

Defying the First Amendment, Mississippi Enacts “Freedom of Conscience” Law

Defying the First Amendment, Mississippi Enacts “Freedom of Conscience” Law

  BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Mississippi Republican Governor Phil Bryant, on April 5, signed into law the Protecting Freedom of Conscience From Government Discrimination Act, a measure that received overwhelming approval in both houses of the state legislature. The law is clearly intended to encourage businesses and individuals in the state to discriminate against same-sex […]

In New York, Mississippi Governor Confronted on Anti-Gay Law

In New York, Mississippi Governor Confronted on Anti-Gay Law

BY ANDY HUMM | Todd Allen, a gay activist who has lived in Mississippi since 1965, drove all the way to New York City to confront his state’s governor, Phil Bryant, who signed the kind of anti-gay “religious freedom” legislation that even right-wing Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona vetoed earlier this year. The Mississippi law, […]

Pentagon: Guard Units in Every State Now On Board with Same-Sex Benefits

Pentagon: Guard Units in Every State Now On Board with Same-Sex Benefits

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a December 13 written statement, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that every state is now complying with his order that National Guard units provide Department of Defense identification cards to all military spouses regardless of their sexual orientation. In August, the Pentagon –– responding to the June Supreme Court ruling […]

Arrest Made in Slaying of Out Gay Mississippi Mayoral Candidate

Arrest Made in Slaying of Out Gay Mississippi Mayoral Candidate

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Though police have made an arrest in the February 26 killing of Marco McMillian, a 34-year-old out gay candidate for mayor of Clarksdale, Mississippi, friends of the victim and friends of the suspect are offering starkly different views of the relationship between the two men. McMillian, a fundraising executive who owned his […]