Federal Judge Blocks Religious Accommodations Act
A federal judge killed Missississippi’s controversial “religious freedom” law Thursday night minutes before it was set to take effect.
U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves stated that the bill was an unfortunate example of mississippi trying to write discrimination into its laws.
Earlier this week, Reeves struck down the part of the law that allowed clerks to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples however that ruling had no effect on the law set to take place today.
Governor Phil Bryant signed HB 1523 into law in April.
The law protects from litigation anyone who refuses to serve gay or transgender individuals based on highly held religious beliefs.
State attorneys are expected to appeal the decision.