August 12, 2016 at 11:07 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Injunction against Miss. religious freedom law to remain in place

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant speaks at a Family Research Council and Susan B. Anthony List luncheon in Cleveland on July 20, 2016. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

A federal appeals court on Friday refused to lift a stay against Mississippi’s controversial religious freedom law.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued last-minute injunction against House Bill 1523 — which critics contend would allow anti-LGBT discrimination in Mississippi — before it was to have taken effect on July 1.

Governor Phil Bryant appealed Reeves’ ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans after state Attorney General Jim Hood, who is a Democrat, announced that he would not. The federal appeals court denied Bryant’s request as it continues to considers HB 1523.

“It is ordered that the opposed motion of appellant, Phil Bryant, for stay pending appeal is denied,” reads the two-page ruling.

Roberta Kaplan, the attorney who represented the Campaign for Southern Equality in their challenge of HB 1523, applauded the 5th Circuit on her Twitter page.

Bryant expressed confidence last month during a Family Research Council and Susan B. Anthony List luncheon at the Republican National Convention that his challenge of Reeves’ injunction against HB 1523 would “prevail.” Bryant has yet to publicly comment on the 5th Circuit’s ruling against him.

The Washington Blade reported earlier this year that Bryant’s son was once attacked because he is gay.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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  • Huzzahs and hoorays for that!

    Also, we should not forget that another steadfast champion for LGBTQ *Southern Equality* is Virginia’s State Senator Donald McEachin.

    McEachin ought to be on Governor McAuliffe’s short list to replace Senator Kaine– even if he wins his race for Congress in VA’s 4th CD. That would provide another opportunity for LGBT-friendly Dems to move up in south central Virginia.

    https://twitter.com/donald_mceachin?lang=en

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