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Roberta Kaplan, same-sex marriage champion, back after Mississippi

Attorney Roberta Kaplan argues in front of an appeals court in Albany, N.Y., against a state law barring same-sex marriage in 2005.
Attorney Roberta Kaplan argues in front of an appeals court in Albany, N.Y., against a state law barring same-sex marriage in 2005. ASSOCIATED PRESS

The lawyer who beat the state of Mississippi over its same-sex marriage ban and its ban on same-sex adoption says one section of the "religious freedom" law could bring down the whole contentious law.

Roberta Kaplan is relying on a July order by U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves that bars the state and its "agents, officers, employees and subsidiaries" from treating same-sex couples differently from opposite-sex couples, reports Mark Joseph Stern, who covers the law and LGBTQ issues for Slate.com.

Kaplan, Stern reported, has asked Gov. Phil Bryant, Attorney General Jim Hood and the registrar of vital records to let her know when any circuit clerk, the issuer of marriage licenses in the state, plans to recuse himself or herself and what steps they would take to "ensure gay and lesbian couples are not impede or delayed when seeking to marry."

She copied the judge on her letter to Mississippi officials so he can evaluate whether they are complying with his earlier injunction.

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Opponents of the law were ecstatic.

"Anyone want to bet this one goes down fast?" Brian Powers, a Muckraker from Oxford who once lived in Biloxi, wrote on Facebook. "I can't wait to hear the state's reasoning. This is going to be hilarious."

Eddie Outlaw, who writes commentary for the Jackson Free Press and owns Fondren Barber Shop,  said: "I'm in tears on my lunch break reading this. Roberta Kaplan and her team are truly angels here on earth. I'd love to be a fly on the Governor's wall right now."

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