Mississippi law prevents the same-sex partner of James Anderson, who was murdered by a gang of white teenagers in a vicious hate crime, from being named as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the accused murderers.
The gruesome murder of James Anderson, 49, of Jackson, Mississippi, stunned the country. Now, Anderson’s same-sex partner is rallying to find justice.
James Bradfield, Anderson’s partner of 17 years, was denied when he asked to be named as a plaintiff in the lawsuit being brought by Anderson’s family.
In the lawsuit, filed in a Mississippi district court, the family alleges Anderson’s murderers "set out on a mission" to find and harass African-Americans.
A group of white teens robbed and beat Anderson before running him over with a pick-up truck. Surveillance video from the scene of the crime caught the attack on tape.
Under Mississippi law, “Same-sex partners have no claim in civil actions like this,” says Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center to YourBlackWorld.
According to Dees, Anderson’s sexual orientation did not play a factor in his beating or murder.
Mississippi state law does not recognize same-sex marriage.