October 20th Events

October 20th

10-20-2014 Attorney Roberta Kaplan, the attorney that represented Edie Windsor resulting in the overturning of DOMA by the Supreme Court, filed suit against Mississippi’s law banning same-sex marriage in the Southern District of Mississippi on behalf of two lesbian couples. Mississippi also denies recognition of same-sex marriages performed out of state. Ms. Kaplan noted that Mississippi has the highest percentage of gay couples with children, and Roberta Kaplanthat was one of the reasons why she thought it was an important case to take. The case was fast tracked-tracked by U.S. District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves, for November 12, 2014. He is an appointee of President Obama. On November 25, 2014, the judge ruled Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples is unconstitutional. On June 29, Mississippi’s state attorney general ordered clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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