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.
— Robbie Kaplan (@kaplanrobbie) August 12, 2016
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.