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ACLU Sues Mississippi to Overturn Religious Freedom Law

05-09-2016

The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi is suing the state to overturn a law that protects the religious freedoms of workers who object to providing same-sex marriage services, based upon their strongly held beliefs.
            
The ACLU filed the suit Monday in a U.S. District Court in Jackson.
            
House Bill 1523 is set to become law July 1. It was passed by the Republican-majority Legislature and signed by GOP Gov. Phil Bryant.

Dr. Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation previously explained the law to CBN News, pointing out that it actually protects diversity by allowing residents of the state to live according to their own diverse beliefs.

"The Mississippi law says if you believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman, that sex is reserved for marriage and that we are created male and female, it doesn't say you have to believe those things, but it says if you do believe those things we are not going to penalize you if you act on those beliefs," Anderson said.
            
Several states have taken action to protect religious freedom since the Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide last summer.
            
Supporters say Mississippi's law will protect people's right to follow their religious beliefs on marriage, guaranteed under the First Amendment to the Constitution. Opponents say it violates the equal-protection clause of the Constitution.

 

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