JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge will hear arguments next week in a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage.
The lawsuit was filed Oct. 20 by Campaign for Southern Equality and two lesbian couples.
Rebecca “Becky” Bickett and her longtime partner, Andrea Sanders, were denied a Mississippi marriage license this year.
Jocelyn “Joce” (JOH’-see) Pritchett and Carla Webb, live in Mississippi and married in Maine in 2013.
The lawsuit, which represents one side of a legal argument, says Mississippi violates the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians and denies same-sex couples the “rights, benefits and duties that automatically come with marriage.”
In November 2004, Mississippi voters approved a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
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