Controversial HB 1523 now Mississippi’s law of land

Mississippi’s controversial religious objection bill, which has drawn harsh criticism from the LGBT community and others, is now in effect, thanks to an appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that ministers, LGBT activists and others bringing the lawsuit lacked the standing to bring the litigation challenging House Bill 1523…

…Gunn said Thursday, “We are pleased to see that it is now in effect” because “the whole objective was to protect religious freedoms.”

Gov. Phil Bryant, who had supported and signed the bill before the court halted it, said: “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.”

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves praised the court for “clearing the path” for the law to take effect.

“House Bill 1523 simply protected Mississippians from government interference when practicing their deeply held religious beliefs,” Reeves said.

Clarion Ledger
6/22/17