CSE vs Bryant – Recap
On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Judge Carlton Reeves heard arguments for Campaign for Southern Equality v. Phil Bryant. If U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves doesn’t grant the preliminary injunction sought against Mississippi’s gay marriage ban, it will surprise most of the people in his courtroom on Wednesday.
Reeves grilled the state’s defense of its gay marriage ban on almost every issue raised during the roughly five hours of arguments presented in the hearing. At the same time, he appeared sympathetic to the plaintiffs who want the ban overturned.
The hearing ended around 3:30 p.m. with Reeves saying he will take the matter under advisement and rule as soon as possible. He has two main decisions before him: Whether or not to grant the preliminary injunction and, if so, whether or not to issue a stay of that injunction.
Here are photos and video from the press conference following the hearing.