Court clears Mississippi LGBT objections law; appeal likely

Jun 23, 2017

By Emily Wagster Pettus

JACKSON, Miss. — A federal appeals court said Thursday that Mississippi can enforce a law that allows merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples, but opponents of the law immediately pledged to appeal.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a judge’s decision that had blocked the law.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves had ruled that the law unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for LGBT people. His ruling prevented the law from taking effect last July.

The law does not take effect immediately. Plaintiffs are allowed time to appeal.

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3 comments on “Court clears Mississippi LGBT objections law; appeal likely

  • Meanwhile a similar fight is taking place in Northern Ireland! – That part of the UK where opposing Protestants and Catholics still dominate politics:-

    Thousands of people have taken part in a protest march and rally in Belfast, calling for the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
    Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK and Ireland where same-sex marriage is still banned.

    The issue is one of the major stumbling blocks in the ongoing negotiations to restore power-sharing at Stormont.

    The march set off from Writers’ Square and culminated in a rally at Belfast City Hall.

    Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly have voted five times on whether or not to introduce same-sex marriage.

    On the fifth time, in November 2015, they narrowly voted in favour, with a majority of 53 votes to 52.

    However, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which opposes same-sex marriage, then used a Stormont veto known as a petition of concern to block the motion and prevent any change in the law.

    That’s the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) which is propping up Theresa May’s Brexiteer and “austerity” government in Westminster!

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    maria melo says:

    “As I have said all along, the legislation is not meant to
    discriminate against anyone, but simply prevents government
    interference with the constitutional right to exercise sincerely held
    religious beliefs,” Bryant said Thursday

    In public services/institutions?

    Well, actually heard that judges may use the discritionary right to appeal for “conciousness objector”right (as young men could when army service was mandatory), in order not to divorce same gender couples or decrete same gender child adoption, even so a judge(s) who I´ m used to work with sometimes abuse of the allegedly right of exercicing sincere religious beliefs, for instance when a certain judge asked a non-believer father of a child “if Christmas represents the birth of Jesus and you are not a believer, why do you want your children with you in Christmas?” or to a boy named Thomas “all Thomas boys should know the Thomas which inspired their name” listening to this a public prossecutor asked the mother of the child where did the inspiration to call the boy Thomas come from, and the mother of the child answered “from a tv soao” (I couldn´t laugh laudly of course).
    A two sided reasoning it seems ( to fear the Devil for being too liberal, but at the same time fear not being free to express the sincere beliefs they hold? Heah, they must be really in dire straits I suppose.

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