Religious Exceptions Law In Effect In Mississippi

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi’s controversial Religious Accommodations law has gone into effect. HB 1523 was designed to protect three specific religious beliefs: that marriage is between a man and woman; no sex outside of such marriage; and a person’s gender is determined at birth. The law allows public employees, service providers, and business owners to cite personal religious beliefs when refusing service to LGBT people. Service providers such as doctors and store owners may refuse to serve LGBT individuals on the basis of religious beliefs about gay marriage, transgender individuals, and sex before marriage. Mississippi is home to about 60,000 LGBT adults and an estimated 11,400 transgender youth and adults as well as 3500 same-sex couples, 29 percent of whom are raising children – the highest rate in the nation.

 

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