Mississippi’s religious accommodations law challenged in federal court

The state’s attorneys said no clerk has submitted notice that they plan to refuse issuing those same sex marriage licenses. And they noted the law requires them to find someone in the office who will do so. But it’s the potential humiliation that couples like Jocelyn Pritchett and Carla Webb are trying to prevent for other couples.

“You don’t know how you’re going to be treated when you go in,” added Pritchett. “And I think that’s what we’re trying to at least establish; who is going to serve you, who’s not. Let’s understand at least from the beginning, so that if you need to drive to another county, you could.”

The case will be back in federal court Thursday and Friday. The goal then, to stop House Bill 1523 before it becomes law July 1.