Scott (left) and Jason (right) Crutchfield-Rogers pose outside the Hinds County Courthouse, following the U.S. Supreme Court's historical ruling on same-sex marriage. Photo courtesy Arielle Dreher
There's never a slow news week in Jackson, Miss., and last week was no exception. Here are the local stories JFP reporters brought you in case you missed them:
- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in a 5-4 ruling on Friday. In Mississippi, small celebrations broke out on the steps of Hinds County Courthouse, as other couples went to the basement to try to get their marriage licenses.
- Dylann Roof is believed to have written on a racist website that black-on-white crime propaganda found on the Council of Conservative Citizens website angered him before he allegedly committed an act of terror on a black church in Charleston, S.C.
- John "Stax" Tierre, owner of a plaza of shops on Ellis Avenue that includes Norma Ruth's restaurant, will soon bring a new bar and restaurant to Farish Street.
- Mississippi state executive offices are up for election this year. Incumbent Gov. Phil Bryant and incumbent Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves both have the largest amounts of money at their campaigns' disposal: a combined total of more than $5 million.
- Alphonso Hunter is taking another shot at the Hinds County Board of Supervisors seat he held temporarily after the death of District 2 Supervisor Doug Anderson.
- There were active LGBT groups in Mississippi prior to 2004, but Unity MS has brought together the LGBT community in the capital, hosting an annual event called OUToberfest in October to correspond with National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11.
- Tristan Broussard and his lawyers are locked in a legal battle over whether employers can force employees to dress based on a stereotype of birth gender.
- In Mississippi, both politicians and public figures are making statements for and against changing the state flag, some claiming that it's an issue that voters already addressed in a 2001 referendum.
- The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in King v. Burwell means there are 75,613 people still eligible for a health insurance premium tax credit under the Affordable Care Act, and the state dodged a loss of $26 million in tax credit money.
- Because the state flag was established in Mississippi state law, the process for changing the flag cannot begin until either Gov. Phil Bryant calls a special session or the Legislature goes back into session in January.
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