Mississippi leaders divided on religious-beliefs law appeal

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Mississippi's Democratic attorney general says he won't join the Republican governor in appealing a federal judge's ruling that blocked a state law on religious objections to gay marriage.

Attorney General Jim Hood says Wednesday that a continued legal fight would be "divisive and expensive."

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves blocked the bill just moments before it was to become law July 1. Gov. Phil Bryant last week asked Reeves to reconsider the ruling and to let the law take effect while Bryant appeals to a higher court.

The law sought to protect three beliefs: That marriage is only between a man and a woman; that sex should only take place in such a marriage; and that a person's gender is determined at birth and cannot be altered.