Lesbian Suing Mississippi Town for Denying Gay Bar Permit Gets Court Date

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A woman's federal lawsuit that accuses the leaders of a north Mississippi town of conspiring to prevent her from opening a gay bar by denying her a business license will go to trial Jan. 26, 2015, in Aberdeen.

Pat "PJ" Newton filed the federal lawsuit last fall against the mayor and several aldermen of Shannon, a town of about 1,700 in Lee County where Newton has been trying to open a cafe and bar called O'Hara's to cater to the gay community.

Newton argues the mayor and aldermen declined to issue the paperwork for a bar she wanted to open because it would cater to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender customers. The city has denied the allegations.

The application was denied in a 4-1 vote on June 4, 2013.

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