Committee passes bill supporting union of man, woman

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday passed House Bill 1523, or the Religious Liberty Accommodations Act, filed by House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton. Gunn filed the bill in response to a county clerk in Kentucky being jailed for five days last year for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

The bill would also remove any immunity the state has from liability in lawsuits brought forth under the law. Sen. Briggs Hopson, R-Vicksburg, proposed an amendment that would remove that language from the bill, which he said could invite lawsuits.