As a result, the family had to rush to find another facility to perform the needed cremation, eventually finding one ninety miles away.
Not surprisingly, the cremation refusal was devastating to the deceased man's husband, who had been his companion and partner for more than fifty years.
Mississippi has a state law, known as House Bill 1523, that legalizes discrimination against LGBT persons on "moral or religious grounds." That highly controversial law, however, is currently on hold because a federal court found it unconstitutional and the matter is currently before a US Court of Appeals.
Donald Trump is reportedly signing a presidential executive order today that would legalize anti-LGBT discrimination nationwide on broad and vague "religious" grounds. If that expected order is not struck down by a federal court, the Mississippi widower will have no legal recourse for the reprehensible treatment he received.
Nationwide, thanks to Trump, anti-LGBT discrimination soon may be commonplace. We may be legally barred from hotels, restaurants, medical facilities, and much more. And if this heinous executive order is upheld, LGBT Americans will have utterly no redress.
Now remind us again why Trump is supposed to be pro-LGBT?