Around the South for Apr. 4: TX, KY & MS

Texas: Cornyn opposes wall. US Sen. John Cornyn (R) visited the Pharr-ReynosaInternational Bridge in the Rio Grande Valley and expressed his opposition to building a wall between the United States and Mexico. “When people talk about the border, so often I think they forget the advantages of our proximity to Mexico,” he said, reported; “Six million jobs in the US depend on bi-national trade between the US and Mexico.” ……. Kentucky: Legislature approves new marriage license. Lawmakers have passed a bill that creates a new marriage license form and it is now on Gov. Matt Bevin’s (R) desk. On the proposed form, applicants can check bride, groom or spouse and the county clerk’s signature is not required ……. Mississippi: House passes religious liberty bill. If a bill passed by the state’s House of Representatives becomes law, both government employees and private businesses could deny wedding services to same-sex couples. The bill is advancing just as a federal judge has ruled unconstitutional the state’s ban on adoptions by same-sex couples, reports the Washington Post …….