May 11, 2016 at 10:15 am EST | by Staff reports
Group seeks to reopen Miss. marriage lawsuit
Mississippi, Phil Bryant, House Bill 1523, HB 1523, gay news, Washington Blade

Gov. Phil Bryant (R-Miss.) signed House Bill 1523, a religious freedom law that critics contend will allow LGBT discrimination.

JACKSON, Miss. — An LGBT advocacy group has petitioned a federal court to reopen its lawsuit against Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban.

The Campaign for Southern Equality on May 10 filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The group in a press release said it filed the motion in the wake of Gov. Phil Bryant’s decision to sign House Bill 1523, a religious freedom law that critics contend will allow LGBT discrimination.

“The statute that the State of Mississippi just enacted — HB 1523 — clearly violates the fundamental principle of equality before the law,” said Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who represented the plaintiffs in the original case the Campaign for Southern Equality filed in 2014.

U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves struck down Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban in 2014. Gays and lesbians have been able to legally marry there since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last summer that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to tie the knot across the country.

Kaplan represented Edith Windsor, the New York widow who successfully challenged the Defense of Marriage Act before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013.

A gay Mississippi couple on May 9 filed a federal lawsuit against HB 1523.

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