Tuesday, 05 July 2016 23:05

A Mississippi Judge Blocked Enforcement Of The Religious Freedom Law Just Before Its Entry Into Force

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We have had a narrow escape in Mississippi! Indeed, just before the law allowing more "protections" to the opponents of equal marriage comes into effect, a federal judge has blocked it.

Judge Carlton W. Reeves has just blocked the law that would have allowed special "protections" to opponents of same-sex marriage, I put protection in quotes because this is more a law allowing discrimination than a law protecting people.

Judge Reeves described it as "a vehicle for state-sanctioned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity," adding that this law is unconstitutional because "it favors some religious beliefs over others."

Rob McDuff, who argued against the law, hailed the decision of Judge Reeves both respects religious freedom while respecting the equal rights.

You should know that the Mississippi law is different from other protection laws because Mississippi already has a protection law based on religion.

The first measure, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which passed in 2014, meanwhile, protects religious people if they discriminate LGBTQ people.

This second measure, known as HB 1523, thus provided to Christians the right to deny services to LGBT people, to fire single mothers with impunity, to terminate employees cohabiting with a member of the opposite sex, to ban same-sex marriages and to determine gender identity by anatomy at birth.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has said he will appeal, while the Attorney General of the State Jim Hood, a Democrat, said that an appeal would cause considerable expenditure of money paid by taxpayers.

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