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By Nick Carey CHICAGO (Reuters) - Britain's financial services sector is working hard behind the scenes to communicate with Brussels and the UK government to ensure they don't lose "passporting" rights within the European Union following Britain's vote last month to leave the trading bloc, the Lord Mayor of the City of London said on Friday. "I think we're determined that we won't," lose passporting rights, Lord Jeffrey Mountevans, who serves as an ambassador and representative for the UK financial services industry, told reporters during a visit to Chicago. It's in everybody’s interests to find a good way forward." Passporting is considered the most significant feature of the EU single market for banks and other financial companies, allowing firms in one EU country to provide services to clients elsewhere in the single market.
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, in a ruling late on Thursday, said that the wide-ranging law adopted this spring unconstitutionally allowed "arbitrary discrimination" against the LGBT community, unmarried people and others who do not share such views. "The state has put its thumb on the scale to favor some religious beliefs over others," wrote Reeves, who issued a preliminary injunction halting the law that was to take effect on Friday. Mississippi is among a handful of southern U.S. states on the front lines of legal battles over equality, privacy and religious freedom after the U.S. Supreme Court last year legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.