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Couples press for end to Mississippi’s last-in-the-nation gay adoption ban

Sunday, November 8, 2015
Hudson Garner, 15, right, sits with his mothers Kathryn Garner, center, and Susan Hrostowski, left, in Collins, Miss.. Garner, who is Hudson's birth mother, and her partner Hrostowski are among four lesbian couples to sue Mississippi in federal court, seeking to overturn its law banning gay couples from adopting or taking children into foster care.
Four lesbian couples pressed a federal judge on Friday to overturn the ban, but lawyers for the state argued the lawsuit should be tossed out. ...

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‘No constitutional basis’: Mississippi Supreme Court narrowly grants same-sex divorce

Friday, November 6, 2015
Mississippi resident Lauren Czekala-Chatham (center)
The Mississippi Supreme Court voted to allow a lesbian couple to seek a divorce -- even as two justices claimed The Supreme Court's landmark ruling has no constitutional basis. ...

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Miss Mississippi has no patience for Kim Davis’ antigay rhetoric

Monday, September 14, 2015
Hannah Roberts
Hannah Roberts lit up social media after throwing a bit of Southern-style shade at the Rowan County clerk. ...

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Plaintiffs seek to block Miss. ban on gay couples adopting

Friday, August 28, 2015
The couples and two gay-rights groups filed suit Aug. 12 to challenge the 2000 adoption ban.
The couples and two gay-rights groups filed suit Aug. 12 to challenge the 2000 adoption ban. ...

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Bryan Fischer thinks gays ‘are bringing slavery back’

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Bryan Fischer
"As well as tyranny." ...

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Lawsuit challenges Mississippi’s same-sex adoption ban

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Mississippi state capitol in Jackson.
In 2000, then-Gov. Ronnie Musgrove signed the ban, but now says he regrets doing so. ...

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Fifth Circuit appeals court instructs federal judges to issue same-sex marriage rulings

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The order clears one of the final procedural roadblocks in the cases from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, which had been pending before the New Orleans-based court. The 5th Circuit had heard arguments in the appeals, but hadn't ruled. ...

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Marriage equality fight turns to clerks, probate judges who refuse licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Erica Seagraves, right, has a discussion with Malinda Andrews on the steps of the Rowan County Judicial Center Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Morehead, Ky. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is refusing to issue marriage licenses to all couples until further notice as an objection to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.
Legal experts are dubious that religious freedom arguments will protect public officials who not only refuse to participate due to their own beliefs, but also decline to make accommodations so that others who don't object can serve the public instead. ...

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Mississippi county clerk resigns over religious objection to same-sex marriages

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Linda Barnette
Grenada County's circuit clerk is resigning, saying that issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates her religious beliefs. ...

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Mississippi AG advises counties to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Monday, June 29, 2015
That news came Monday after state Attorney General Jim Hood sent a letter to county circuit clerks indicating they could go ahead and issue licenses. ...

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