MS Files Request with 5th Circuit Seeking Stay

Published on November 26 2014 No Comment

As expected, the state filed its request at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals this afternoon seeking a stay pending appeal.

“The State requests the Court enter a stay no later than December 8, 2014, effective unless and until such time as this Court rules that Mississippi’s traditional laws (and substantively identical laws in Louisiana and Texas) are prohibited by the Fourteenth Amendment,” the state argues.

“Absent the immediate entry of an emergency stay, at the opening of business on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Mississippi circuit clerks will be forced to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in derogation of Mississippi’s strong public policy favoring traditional marriages, as reflected in state statutory and constitutional provisions.”

View the full request.
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