Mississippi’s “Turn Away the Gays” law draws an appeal to the Supreme Court

In 2016, Mississippi’s Governor Phil Bryant signed the nation’s most aggressive anti-LGBT+ law, HB 1523, which allows businesses, individuals, and religiously affiliated organizations to deny service to LGBT+ people, single mothers, and others who somehow offend an individual’s “sincerely held religious belief.”

Lambda Legal, the Campaign for Southern Equality and the Metropolitan Community Church are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court before the law, known as the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” comes into effect.

Plaintiffs have been challenging the bill’s constitutionality since it passed a year ago, and a U.S. district judge blocked its implementation in a 2016 ruling, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the earlier decision saying the plaintiffs could not prove injuries.

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