Mississippi same-sex marriage ban overturned

Mississippi same-sex marriage ban overturned
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On Tuesday, a federal judge overturned Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage, but put the order on hold for two weeks so the state can appeal.

Two lesbian couples and a gay rights organization filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse a 1997 law and 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment that define marriage as being between a man and a woman, The Associated Press reports. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves heard arguments on Nov. 13, and Gov. Phil Bryant (R) and Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood both submitted written arguments requesting that Reeves sustain the ban.

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