Tag Archive | Mississippi

US: Gay Man Sues Funeral Home For Refusal To Cremate Husband’s Body

US: Gay Man Sues Funeral Home For Refusal To Cremate Husband’s Body

An elderly gay man is suing a Mississippi funeral home which he says refused to cremate his husband’s body, in a landmark case that campaigners say could widen the rights of gay people in the conservative state. John Zawadski, 82, filed the civil suit in state court after he sought the services of the Picayune Funeral […]

US: Second Mississippi City Passes LGBTQ-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Ordinance

US: Second Mississippi City Passes LGBTQ-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Yesterday (9th) the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organisation, hailed the Magnolia, Miss., Board of Aldermen, for unanimously enacting city-wide non-discrimination protections, that include sexual orientation and gender identity, in housing, public accommodations, and employment. The ordinance also includes a new LGBTQ-inclusive hate crimes provision. Magnolia is now the second city […]

Mississippi: ‘Freedom of Conscience’ Bill Passed, Allowing LGBT Discrimination

Mississippi: ‘Freedom of Conscience’ Bill Passed, Allowing LGBT Discrimination

Known as the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination  Act” (House Bill No 1523) legislation has been signed into law in Mississippi in the US by the Governor, Phil Bryant, a member of the Republican party, yesterday, Tuesday 5th April. The Act is due to come into effect on 1st July this year.  The […]

HRC: Despite Outcry From Businesses And Citizens, Anti-LGBT Bill Sent To Gov. Bryant

HRC: Despite Outcry From Businesses And Citizens, Anti-LGBT Bill Sent To Gov. Bryant

Yesterday, following the Mississippi State Legislature’s final vote to approve anti-LGBT Bill, H.B. 1523, a measure opposed by some of the state’s largest employers, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Mississippi called on Governor Phil Bryant to veto this harmful legislation.  Major corporations are among those urging Governor Bryant, House Speaker Philip A. Gunn, and Lt. […]

Federal Judge Halts Enforcement of Mississippi Ban on Adoptions by Same-Sex Couples

Federal Judge Halts Enforcement of Mississippi Ban on Adoptions by Same-Sex Couples

Ruling: prohibition is unconstitutional On Thursday last (31 March), HRC Mississippi praised a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Daniel P. Jordan III in Mississippi declaring unconstitutional the state’s ban on adoption by same sex couples, citing the Supreme Court of the United States’ 2015 marriage equality ruling in the historic case Obergefell v. Hodges. […]