Emails disclosed in a lawsuit over a blocked Mississippi law that protects religious objections to same-sex marriage show a Christian legal group asked Gov. Phil Bryant to institute the protections through an executive order in 2015.

The emails were filed in court this week by opponents who persuaded a federal judge to block the law before it took effect. The plaintiffs say the emails show that House Bill 1523 reflects the "sectarian Christian values" of the Alliance Defending Freedom and other groups that supported it, making it unconstitutional.

U.S District Judge Carlton Reeves blocked the law less than an hour before it would have taken effect July 1. Gov. Phil Bryant is appealing that order and has asked Reeves to let the law take effect in the meantime.