Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to anti-LGBT law

Welcome to Mississippi sign
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The United States Supreme Court refused to wade into a legal battle against the state of Mississippi over an anti-LGBT law last month. The law allows state employees and private business to deny services to those of the LGBT community based purely on religious grounds. It took effect on Oct. 10, 2017. The law will stand and remain effective in the state of Mississippi.

Those who sponsored the anti-LGBT legislation said they wanted to protect those who feel that marriage is only between a man and a woman and that gender is determined at birth. The law was signed in Mississippi after the Supreme Court ruled on legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide in 2016. It will allow county clerks to decline to issue marriage licenses to LGBT couples. It also protects business in the state from lawsuits if they refuse service to an LGBT customer.

The Mississippi law was challenged immediately but lower court rulings undermined those challenges, saying that the individuals doing the suing could not prove they were harmed by the action. Lambda Legal has set up a website to assist any LGBT persons that feel they were discriminated against because of the law.

“We will keep fighting in Mississippi until we overturn this harmful law, and in any state where anti-gay legislators pass laws to roll back LGBT civil rights,” said Beth Littrell of Lambda Legal. “Unfortunately, the Supreme Court’s decision today leaves LGBT people in Mississippi in the crosshairs of hate and humiliation, delaying justice and equality.”

J.L. Gaynor
Out In Jersey magazine contributor J.L. Gaynor spent eight years in the newsrooms of two major New Jersey papers. A Jersey girl through and through: born, raised, and educated in New Jersey. Jen now lives in Maryland and has two dogs she adores, and reads just about anything she can get her hands on.