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Federal Judge Rules Clerks Cannot Cite Religion to Recuse From Issuing Marriage Licenses

The New Civil Rights Movement on June 27, 2016

A federal judge has judge clerks in Mississippi cannot cite their religious beliefs as valid reasons to recuse themselves from granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The case was argued by Roberta Kaplan, who won the historic Supreme Court DOMA case.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeve ruled Monday afternoon, preventing the State of Mississippi from allowing HB 1523, a so-called “religious freedom” law signed by Republican Governor Phil Bryant from taking effect Friday. Read more here.

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