Supreme Court lets discrimination standAround the Nation, Online Only, Top Highlights Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
Yesterday, the Supreme Court denied to review two cases that challenged Mississippi’s broad anti-LGBTQ law, HB 1523, which opens the door for businesses to refuse service to LGBTQ people.
H.B. 1523 was signed into law in 2016, but was blocked by a federal district court shortly before its effective date. That decision was overturned by a conservative three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
“It’s a shame the Supreme Court declined to review challenges to this outrageous because it is the most extreme, sweeping anti-LGBTQ law in the country,” said Fran Hutchins, deputy director Equality Federation.”LGBTQ Mississipians should be able to live and work free from harassment and discrimination so we are hopeful that when the courts do look closely at this law or similar laws they will land on the side of the constitution and the American promise of freedom and fairness for all.”
Reuters reported that the law, passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature and signed by Republican Governor Phillip Bryant with the backing of conservative Christian activists, has not yet been implemented and more legal challenges are expected, according to gay rights lawyers.
“We will keep fighting in Mississippi until we overturn this harmful law, and in any state where antigay legislators pass laws to roll back LGBT civil rights,” said Beth Littrell, a lawyer with gay rights group Lambda Legal.
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