HB 1523 goes into effect
The controversial house bill HB 1523 is now in effect across Mississippi. The measure went into effect after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lower federal court ruling striking down the law as unconstitutional.
HB 1523 specifically allows some residents with anti LGBTQ beliefs to refuse service to married same-sex couples, people who have sex outside of marriage, and transgender people.
Under this unprecedented religious refusal law, Mississippi state employees could refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, public school counselors could turn away LGBTQ or questioning youth in crisis, and health care providers could deny transgender people access to healthcare at any time.
The ACLU of Mississippi released the following statement in conjunction with other LGBTQ support centers. The statement reads: “The nation’s most extreme anti-LGBTQ law is now in effect in Mississippi and it will bring undeniable damage to the lives of thousands of Mississippians, paving the way for deep harm and discrimination.”