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Justices won't step into MS gay rights legal fight

Justices won't step into MS gay rights legal fight

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ended the first legal challenge to a Republican-backed MS law that permits businesses and government employees to refuse to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people due to their religious beliefs.

The law, called the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act, protects the beliefs that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, sex outside such a marriage is improper and gender is determined by anatomy and genetics at birth and can not change. Shortly afterwards, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed and held that the Barber plaintiffs lacked standing because they could not claim a specific harm caused by the law which had yet to take effect. We will continue to proceed on behalf of our members - Nykolas Alford and Stephen Thomas - to protect them and other same-sex couples from this harmful and discriminatory law. The appellate judges did not rule on the law's substance.

The measures was blocked for more than a year amid several legal challenges.

The law took effect October 10 after a series of initial court fights.

"Unfortunately, the Supreme Court's decision today leaves LGBT people in MS in the crosshairs of hate and humiliation, delaying justice and equality", said Beth Littrell of Lambda Legal.

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"We will keep fighting in MS 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. "Same-sex couples deserve to be treated with the same dignity and respect as anyone else", Jennifer Riley Collins said.

The ACLU of MS already has a challenge to the law ready to move forward.

"While we are disappointed in the Court's decision, the ACLU of MS will not stand quietly by while discrimination is sanctioned". This law should not allow state employees to withhold marriage licenses from same-sex couples.

"We want to hear from anyone who experiences discrimination in marriage, health care, or any other context", Collins said.


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