Judge refuses to block Mississippi anti-LGBT law
A federal judge in Mississippi has allowed to stand a new state law that permits people to deny wedding services to same-sex couples based on religious objections. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves argued in his four-page order that since none of the lawsuit’s plaintiffs would be harmed by the law in the immediate future, a preliminary injunction would be inappropriate. “Here, none of the plaintiffs are at imminent risk of injury,” Reeves wrote. The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi said the measure unconstitutionally discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
The ACLU is suing on behalf of state residents Nykolas Alford and Stephen Thomas, a gay couple engaged to be married within the next three years, arguing the law violates their 14th Amendment rights. The ACLU is also suing on behalf of at least one of its members, who plans to marry a same-sex partner next year, the order said.