Supreme Court won’t take up Mississippi religious freedom law

Jan 9, 2018

By Ariane de Vogue

The Supreme Court declined Monday to take up two cases concerning a Mississippi law that allows some businesses and government workers to refuse to recognize same-sex marriage or deny services based on their religious beliefs.

Critics say the law allows discrimination of LGBT citizens.

The law — called the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Law”– allows any person employed by the state government who has the authority to license marriages to seek recusal from licensing a same-sex marriage.

The law requires marriage clerks to “take all necessary steps to ensure that the authorization and licensing of any legally valid marriage is not impeded or delayed as a result of any recusal.”

The Supreme Court is currently considering a separate case concerning a baker in Colorado who refused to make a cake to celebrate the wedding of a same-sex couple.

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2 comments on “Supreme Court won’t take up Mississippi religious freedom law

  • @OP – The law — called the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Law”–
    allows any person employed by the state government who has the authority to license marriages
    to seek recusal from licensing a same-sex marriage.

    Perhaps they should just “seek recusal” from making job applications, or being appointed to such jobs in the first place!

    Those darned appointment panels just keep discriminating against unqualified people who can’t do the job, and won’t learn, to do the job!

    (What have they done with my application to be a jumbo-jet pilot or an astronaut???? Not even an interview! 🙂 “It’s discrimination Ah tell Yah”! 🙂 )

    If you can’t do all of the job – don’t bother applying for the position!



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    aroundtown says:

    Is anyone truly surprised with this “decision” from the Supreme Court. Don’t hold your breath for consistent, logical, reasonable discourse from this speculating body within these days of age. The new normal, borrowing from days of old is, “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”, unless that is, there is measured profit from the “political” endeavor. Go figure that one out, but I think you already know the answer if you’ve been paying attention. Uncomfortable, but yes, I still have an opinion on these issues of concern as we traverse along our journey. So says a complicated evo-monkey.



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