Federal judge refuses to block HB 1523 from going forward

A federal judge denied a preliminary injunction to block House Bill 1523 from going into effect July 1.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued an order denying the preliminary injunction in the lawsuit filed in early May by the ACLU of Mississippi on behalf of same-sex couple Nykolas Alford and Stephen Thomas of Meridian, who have been engaged for nearly two years.

It was the first lawsuit filed against HB 1523, the Mississippi religious objections law scheduled to go into effect July 1.

Clarion Ledger
6/21/16