Judge keeps block on religious law during appeal

A federal judge on Monday denied a request by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to allow a law that protects religious objections to same-sex marriage to take effect during an appeal.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, who blocked the law hours before it would have taken effect July 1, made the ruling.

Bryant and Mississippi Department of Human Services Director John Davis are appealing Reeves’ original decision. They’ve already asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to let the law take effect. Reeves explicitly acknowledged that the New Orleans-based appeals court will now consider the law, closing Monday’s ruling by writing “the baton is now passed.”

Clarion Ledger