JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - The Campaign for Southern Equality is moving to reopen a previously filed lawsuit that challenged Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage. This time, the lawsuit will take aim at the state's Religious Liberty Accommodation law.
According to a news release from the organization, the lawsuit will specifically target the provision that allows state officials to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples based on religious beliefs.
You can read the entire motion to reopen the lawsuit here.
"The statute that the State of Mississippi just enacted, HB 1523, clearly violates the fundamental principle of equality before the law," lead counsel Roberta Kaplan said in the news release. "It authorizes, even encourages, discrimination against LGBT people in Mississippi re-creating, only months after the Supreme Court clearly held it unconstitutional, another form of second-class citizenship for LGBT Mississippians. State officials cannot circumvent federal court injunctions and evade the Constitution by passing laws that seek to stigmatize LGBT people and segregate them from everyone else."
This lawsuit comes one day after the American Civil Liberties Union announced it was suing the state over the same "religious freedom" law.