Almost at the last minute, a federal judge has declared a controversial Mississippi law unconstitutional.
The law, HB 1523, would have protected religious objections to gay marriage, extramarital sex and transgender identities. The judge says it favors some religious beliefs over others and would codify unequal treatment of LGBT people.
The state’s governor has said he looks forward to an appeal, but Mississippi’s attorney general has expressed hesitation over appealing the case. Read more here.