JACKSON – A gay-rights attorney says a new Mississippi law might violate a federal judge’s order that blocks the state from treating same-sex couples differently from straight couples who want to marry.
Roberta Kaplan says in a Monday letter to Gov. Phil Bryant that she has “serious concerns” about how the state will comply with the order once a religious-objections bill becomes law July 1.
The U.S. Supreme Court last summer effectively legalized gay marriage nationwide.
The Mississippi law, signed April 5 by Bryant, says workers can cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage to deny services to people. Kaplan says the law doesn’t specify how it will protect gay couples’ ability to receive marriage licenses.