An appeal court lifted an injunction that blocked a law allowing businesses and government employees to refuse to serve LGBT people by invoking their religious beliefs.
The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the case. Governor Phil Bryant's lawyers have filed their arguments in favor of the "religious freedom". They believe that people can refuse to serve LGBT people if they consider their activities as "immoral".
This Mississippi law is the worst of all. According to Hattiesburg American, legal experts say the 2016 Mississippi law is the broadest religious-objections law enacted by any state since the high court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015.
- it states marriage is a union between a man and a woman
- it says that sex should only occur in a straight marriage
- it stipulates that gender is determined at birth and cannot be altered
The law came into effect in October 2010 thanks to a panel of judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They lifted a ban put in place in July 2016 by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves. This one ruled this law was unconstitutional. He said it establishes preferred beliefs and allows unequal treatment of LGBT people.
We are now waiting to see what the US Supreme Court will decide.