Through a heated contest, a bill has been introduced and passed in Mississippi that will allow business owners to continue to discriminate against homosexuals, under the religious freedom laws offered in the constitution.
This week, a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel reversed a previous decision that blocked the bill. The bill is expected to go into effect at the end of July.
While families are happy, this has drawn a huge amount of protests from liberals.
The Daily Mail reports:
As a reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide, the Mississippi bill seeks to protect by law the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman and prevents government intervention when churches or businesses act ‘based upon or in a manner consistent with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.’
It means that businesses can now refuse service to LGBTQ people and employers can fire (or refuse to hire) workers because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Adoption agencies, private and taxpayer-funded, can turn away same-sex couples and trans people and landlords can evict renters for being LGBTQ.
Medical professionals can refuse to treat LGBTQ patients while clerks and judges can refuse to marry same-sex couples and even schools can exclude trans students from bathrooms that align with their gender identity and discriminate against all LGBTQ students.
The measure drew protests and rallies at the state Capitol and criticism nationwide as supporting discrimination against gay people and others in the name of religion.
Robert McDuff is an attorney for some of the people who sued to try to block the law.
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is behind the bill.
He and his supporters say the bill is meant to protect those couples, and businesses that still believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, and believe that changing your sex is impossible and immoral.