Lawsuit challenges Mississippi gay marriage ban


Two same-sex couples seeking marriage equality in Mississippi filed the first federal challenge to the state’s gay marriage ban on Monday, the latest in a string of similar lawsuits nationwide.

“We’re hoping the case will move quickly,” said Aaron Sarver of the North Carolina-based gay-rights organization Campaign for Southern Equality, which filed the suit on behalf of the women in the U.S. District Court in Jackson.

Rebecca Bickett and her long-term partner Andrea Sanders want to get married in Mississippi, the lawsuit says, while Jocelyn Pritchett and her partner Carla Webb already got married in Maine and want their union recognized in Mississippi.

Both couples have children and say Mississippi’s ban deprives them – and their children – of their constitutional rights simply because they’re gay. They want the ban overturned and also seek a preliminary injunction while the case is pending.

“My family is no less a family than any other,” Bickett said in a statement.

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3 responses to “Lawsuit challenges Mississippi gay marriage ban

  1. Carl Smith

    Where are the lawyers when you need them? I would think a half good Lawyer could figure out a way to delay this until after 2016.

  2. Douglas

    May God have mercy on us.

  3. Pingback: Breaking: Hearing date for challenge to MS same-sex marriage ban set for November 12. | Mississippi PEP

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