BREAKING: Mississippi wants US Supreme Court to define transgender rights

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The State of Mississippi joined fifteen other states in an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a case involving the hiring and firing of a transgender person.

RG & GR Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, et, al., originated in Nebraska. The Attorneys General in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming have joined Nebraska in asking the Court to review the decision.

In addition, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, along with the governors from Kentucky and Maine joined the request.    

Nineteen states and more than 300 municipalities across the country enacted prohibitions against firing or not hiring someone because they are transgender. In 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said the rights of transgender employees are protected under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. 

LGBTQ advocacy groups consider Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as a key component in protections against discrimination.

We asked Attorney General Jim Hood’s office for comment. His office told us it was the Governor’s prerogative to join the proceeding. They declined to give their position on the subject or comment further.

WJTV 12 reached out to Governor Bryant’s office for comment. Spokesperson Clay Chandler said, “I refer you to the language in the brief.” He declined to comment any further.

  

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