US judge blocks state law allowing discrimination of same-sex couples


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DW – July 2, 2016

A federal judge’s ruling prevented a state law from going into effect Friday that would allow those with certain religious objections to deny wedding services to same-sex couples and impose dress and bathroom restrictions on transgender people.

US District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote that the law was unconstitutional because “the state has put its thumb on the scale to favor some religious beliefs over others.” He also wrote that it violates the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee.