Attorneys clash over possible impact of Mississippi LGBT law - - Jackson, MS

Attorneys clash over possible impact of Mississippi LGBT law

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JACKSON, Miss (AP) -

 Attorneys trying to block a Mississippi law say it unconstitutionally establishes state-preferred religious beliefs and treats lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people different from other citizens.

State attorneys defending House Bill 1523 say it simply protects government employees, business people and others who believe marriage should only be between a woman and a man.

The bill was filed in response to last summer's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Friday finished hearing three days of arguments over three lawsuits filed by gay and straight Mississippians. They are asking him to block the bill from becoming law next Thursday.

Reeves asked dozens of questions of attorneys on both sides. He did not say when or how he will rule.

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