Mississippi residents and organizations hoping to see the end of a discriminatory LGBT law were disappointed Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case, leaving the law intact.
The Mississippi law...gives priority to religious rights. The state enacted its law less than a year after the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
The measure says religious people can’t be sued or penalized by the government for declining to provide services for same-sex marriage ceremonies. The law also protects people who believe gender is an immutable characteristic or who object to sex out of wedlock.
Opponents of the law contend it is unconstitutional, granting freedom to discriminate under the guise of religious freedom.
Critics say the law lets government clerks refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses and lets adoption and foster-care organizations decline to place children with LGBT families. The measure also wiped out protections that cities including Jackson, the state’s most populous, had previously afforded to gay and transgender residents.