BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Earlier this week, homosexual Mississippians descended on clerk’s offices across the state to apply for marriage licenses. The stunt was organized by a liberal organization calling itself the Campaign for Southern Equality. The group is out of Asheville, North Carolina and is intent on pushing for “marriage equality” for lesbian, … Continue reading PLUNKETT: The “Marriage Equality” myth.
Same-sex married couples in Mississippi may in the near future enjoy some 1,100 potential federal benefits given to married people — how and when it happens, though, is unclear. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued on the federal Defense of Marriage Act says the federal government recognizes same-sex marriage in states where same-sex marriage is … Continue reading Gov. Bryant: DOMA ruling has no effect on Mississippi
The U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down the current enforcement of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is one that is likely to stand without an answer from Congress for the foreseeable future. In Mississippi, it means that changes in election law or election procedures as simple as moving a polling place just … Continue reading SALTER: Voting Rights Act order likely to stand.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional, effectively taking the teeth out of 50 years of Department of Justice discrimination against Southern states. You can read the full opinion HERE. The ruling would require Congress to go … Continue reading PLUNKETT: SCOTUS ruling on Section 4 of VRA releases Mississippi from 50 years of second state status.
The U.S. Justice Department says it will monitor elections Tuesday in six Mississippi cities to ensure voters are treated fairly. Attorneys will observe polling place activities in Brookhaven, Greenwood, Isola, Meridian, Philadelphia and Ruleville. The monitoring is designed to enforce provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibits discrimination based on race and … Continue reading DOJ to monitor elections in 6 Mississippi cities.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center filed the 83-page complaint against the Mississippi Department of Corrections on Thursday in the federal court in Jackson. It alleges numerous gross abuses at the privately run East Mississippi Correctional Facility near Meridian, which houses some 1,500 inmates. Among the claims are that of … Continue reading Lawsuit filed against MDOC for abuses at East MS Correctional Facility.
The Supreme Court won't order new legislative elections in Mississippi over complaints about the timing of the state's redistricting. The Mississippi NAACP had challenged the state's 2011 state elections because the Legislature did not immediately use the 2010 census to draw new district lines in 2011. The state House and Senate instead argued for several … Continue reading Supreme Court won’t hear Mississippi NAACP challenge to legislative redistricting.
A nonprofit group has sued the election commissions in Jefferson Davis and Walthall counties in federal court, claiming each county has more registered voters on the books than residents eligible to vote. The American Civil Rights Union filed both lawsuits in U.S. District Court late last month, asking the court to declare violation of the … Continue reading Complaint alleges more registered to vote than eligible in Jeff Davis and Walthall counties.
A Mississippi high school forced students to attend on-campus programs where fellow students urged them to turn to Jesus for hope and eternal life, according to an atheist group that has sued. The district has denied that assemblies were mandatory and says they were legal. A lawsuit filed by the American Humanist Association asks a … Continue reading Atheists sue Northwest Rankin for allowing student-led religious assembly.
On April 9, a representative of Pinelake Baptist Church spoke at an assembly at the school and showed a video of two young men who found religion as a solution to their problems with drugs, sex and other dangerous behavior, according to the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, an arm of the American Humanist Association. Students … Continue reading Rankin County school accused of violating students’ rights with Christian assembly.