Mississippi attorneys: LGBT law protects religious rights

“HB 1523 does not bar plaintiffs from getting married, exercising any right associated with marriage, or holding or living by whatever moral or religious beliefs they see fit,” the state attorneys wrote. “By its terms, HB 1523 is an accommodation law intended to convey the strongest protection for the ‘free exercise of religious beliefs and moral convictions’ permitted by the state and federal constitutions.”

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves is scheduled to hold hearings Monday and Thursday on the lawsuits.