>> A federal judge blocking a Mississippi law many saw as anti-LGBT the day before it took effect. The legislation, set to be implemented on Friday, would have allowed businesses to deny service to same sex couples for religious reasons. And to impose dress codes and bathroom restrictions on transgender people.
The state, one of several in the US proposing and enacting similarly controversial measures, intended to protect religious freedoms but criticized as being discriminatory. Mississippi's law would've allowed businesses to refuse a wide range of services. From baking wedding cakes to providing counseling or fertility services. The judge agreeing with opponents who argued the law violates a constitutional ban on statutes trying to establish religion.
And that the bill was so broad it could apply to nearly anyone not in a heterosexual marriage, including single mothers.