Federal Court Upholds Controversial Religious Freedom Law

The ruling allows Mississippi to enforce its LGBT religious objections law.

On Thursday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overruled a previous ruling that the law was unconstitutional. The law allows businesses and government employees to refuse service to same-sex couples based on their religious beliefs.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves had ruled that the law unconstitutionally, saying it establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for LGBT people.

However, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and other supporters say the law protects beliefs that marriage can be between only a man and a woman. They also claim it protects the belief that a person’s gender is determined at birth and cannot be changed.

Robert McDuff, an attorney for some of the plaintiffs’, stated that he will either ask the entire 5th Circuit to reconsider the panel’s decision or ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block the law.

 

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